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Jal Shakti ministry's Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: Time has still not come to charge farmers for water usage

Updated : August 22, 2019 07:17 PM IST

Recommendations from a committee set up by the environment ministry have suggested a water charge for farmers owning 3-5 hectares or more of land and using ground water for irrigation and ban on construction activities in severely water stressed regions, among others.
The Union minister said that the Jal Shakti ministry was supporting environment ministry’s recommendations to ban all construction activities that do not use recycled water.
The stress on conserving and recharging groundwater is priority under Jal Shakti Abhiyan.
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