Saaf Pani: A fun­da­men­tal right

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -


Potable wa­ter is not only the ba­sic right of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual but also one of the ba­sic re­quire­ments of healthy and hy­gienic liv­ing. The im­por­tance of clean drink­ing wa­ter can­not be over­stated when it comes to pre­vent­ing in­fec­tion, ill­ness and death in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries like Pak­istan. Non-avail­abil­ity of safe drink­ing wa­ter leads to many wa­ter­borne dis­eases, in par­tic­u­lar, those that af­fect the health of mother and child. Con­se­quently, mor­tal­ity due to wa­ter borne dis­eases is very high. This alarm­ing sit­u­a­tion is se­ri­ously hin­der­ing Pak­istan’s ef­forts to at­tain health and poverty-re­lated Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals.

Keep­ing all this in mind, the Gov­ern­ment of Pun­jab has es­tab­lished Pun­jab Saaf Pani Com­pany to im­prove wa­ter sup­ply in terms of, both, ac­cess and qual­ity of drink­ing wa­ter, es­pe­cially in ru­ral and peri-ur­ban ar­eas of the Province. Un­der this project, sup­ply of clean drink­ing wa­ter will be en­sured to peo­ple liv­ing in vil­lages dur­ing the next two years and govt will pro­vide bil­lions of ru­pees from its own sources for this project. All this sheds light on the fact that pro­vi­sion of clean drink­ing wa­ter is among the top pri­or­i­ties of the gov­ern­ment.

Since clean drink­ing wa­ter is linked with the health of peo­ple there­fore, ev­ery ef­fort should be made to ma­te­ri­al­ize dream of pro­vi­sion of potable wa­ter into re­al­ity. Ev­ery Pak­istani has the right to clean air, safe drink­ing wa­ter and healthy com­mu­ni­ties to raise their chil­dren. There­fore, we all must stand united to ag­gres­sively pro­tect that right, not just on Earth Day or En­vi­ron­ment Day, but ev­ery day.

— La­hore

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