Dated: 13.09.2013

  • NPAWP met Delhi Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dixit regarding issue of Water Security and conveyed the people’s concern over ‘Right to Water.’
  • NPAWP has also written letters to all main political parties of Delhi and demanded to incorporate the Water Security in their election manifesto and make clear their stand on water privatization.
  • ‘Food Security’ cannot be considered as honest move without ensuring people ‘Water Security’.
  • NPAWP demanded that citizens must be ensured with free water up to 10 KL  per month per family to ensure ‘Food Security’ in its letter and sprit.

Delegation of National Platform against Water Privatization in the leadership of Mr. S. A. Naqvi met Smt. Sheila Dixit today morning on the issue of water security and water privatization.

There were three point of discussion;

  1. That the Government of NCT of Delhi must provide a minimum quantity of 70 Liters per capita daily (LPCD) free of cost potable water to each family member to ensure water security under the food security scheme. This will be approx. 10 kilolitres (Kl) of water to each household every month and it must be declared as “life line water” for the consumption of drinking, cooking, personal and domestic hygienic requirements without any discrimination of the rich or the poor.
  1. That the Government of NCT of Delhi must set up Piaos (Water kiosk) and install public stand posts to restore this traditional service to the public in different parts of Delhi at convenient locations. The water Kiosks will be meant for the poor, homeless and other destitute communities on the roads or in jhuggi jhopries, as well as for passerby on the roads to ensure availability of free of charge safe drinking water to everybody in Delhi, including those who cannot afford to pay.

  2. Stop Privatization and Commodification of water supply in Delhi: The privatization or commodification of water is against the spirit of a welfare state. Privatization of water leads to corruption and makes water a profitable market commodity which we are experiencing in Delhi and other parts of India where water has been privatized and it led to increased financial burden on the people in the form of higher water tariff. Private corporations have no social obligation to provide lifeline water or set up water kiosk. We firmly believe that food security can’t be achieved without ensuring water security and water security won’t be possible under the privatized water system.


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