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Today, Sunday, the Prime Minister, Mr. Muhammad Shia'a Al-Sudani, visited the Ministry of Water Resources, where he chaired a meeting of its opinion committee, during which the water situation and the challenges facing Iraq in this field were reviewed, and the measures taken to confront the crisis.
The Prime Minister stressed the need to review the management of the water file, which should not be limited to the Ministry's efforts only, but rather requires the mobilization of the entire state's efforts, both internally and externally.
His Excellency indicated that there is a weakness in the use of modern technology in operating the electronic-hydraulic system for the operation of dams, in addition to the obvious defect in monitoring the quality and quantity of water at the entrances and exits of the governorates.
Mr. Al-Sudani directed the importance of creating special legislation to remove violations and punish violators, as well as procedures related to switching to closed irrigation, and removing violations represented by unlicensed lakes, as well as working to close the outlets of untreated sewage on rivers, and prevent this phenomenon that causes damage to the water environment. As well as its negative effects on citizens.
He also directed his sovereignty to remove sediments in river sections, and not to delay in establishing associations for water users, pointing to the importance of applying modern scientific research and studies, and applying the system of partnership between the governorates without limiting its application to districts only.
Al-Sudani stressed the need to take quick measures to meet the challenges of the summer season, stressing that the agricultural plan for the new season will be limited to farmers who adopt modern methods of irrigation. He also stressed the need to proceed with administrative reform in the ministries, and not hesitate to fight corruption.
His Excellency indicated the importance of following up the requirements and rights of employees, directing the follow-up of the housing file and plots of land allocated to them, and the need for this file to be present in the interests of the Opinion Commission.
For his part, the Minister of Water Resources thanked the Prime Minister for the unprecedented interest in the water file and the reform efforts in this sector.
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