Re: [Arkitect India] Water Bill seeks right to water, 25 litres daily for each?
- While supporting the "need for water" for every citizen of India, the Government should also see , that , no individual is allowed to waste water. For this, the Government should make it mandatory to slap taxes to every house using more than 250 litres of water per day.On Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM, Vinay Baindur <yanivbin@...> wrote:
Draft Bill seeks right to water, 25 litres daily for eachManoj C G Posted online: Tue Jun 25 2013, 21:45 hrsNew Delhi : The Centre on Monday unveiled the draft of its contentious National Water Framework Bill which seeks to provide “right to water”, while stating that water allocation and pricing should be based on “economic principles”.
“Every individual has a right to a minimum quantity of potable water for essential health and hygiene and within easy reach of the household,” states the draft. “The minimum quantity of potable water shall not be less than 25 litres per capita per day,” it says, adding that the quantity must be fixed by the “appropriate government”.
“The state’s responsibility for ensuring people’s right to water shall remain despite corporatisation or privatisation of water services, and the privatisation of the service, where considered necessary and appropriate, shall be subject to this provision,” says the draft bill, which also mandates that governments should specify the “quality standards” of water supply for various uses like drinking, livestock, irrigation and industries among others.
While noting that the government remains the trustee of water resources, the draft bill gives it the flexibility of roping in a “private agency” for “some of the functions of the state”. In this context, it stipulates that “allocation and pricing” should be based “on economic principles to ensure its development costs”, and “so that water is not wasted in unnecessary uses and... utilised more gainfully and water infrastructure projects are made financially viable.”
- Hiren Gohain.Of course criminal waste must be punished,but by using other methods.The water meant for every household is meant for both drinking and other essentital domestic uses.250 litres per family might suit Beduins and Arctic dwellers.Not the ordinary Indian family.Besides,as it has been unanimously held by Guwahati Sanmilita Nagorik Adhikar Suraksha Mancha, and placed before the Municipal Corporation and the state government,Water is a public utility,a right admitted as a basic human right by UNO,and the public will pay only a service tax and not its so-called price.