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30m drinking arsenic contaminated water - 14 Oct 02
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said in city Sunday that the real field level services had to be extended with highest efficiency and effectiveness for mitigation of the miseries of the arsenic victims of the country, reports BSS.
"There had been enough work for awareness creation but we have even failed to provide necessary information regarding proper treatment to the victims of arsenic contamination," he said while speaking at a roundtable on "Safe Water Supply and Arsenic Mitigation'' organised by Local Government Division. The minister said the problem of arsenic contamination had been overplayed.
It is not that grave the way it has been described by many but it has to be tackled with much more practical approach. The minister underlined the need for adopting appropriate technology of providing safe drinking water on priority basis to face the arsenic problem in a pragmatic way.
The minister told the roundtable that the biggest arsenic mitigation project funded by World Bank had some defects like non-involvement of the public health department who are responsible for supplying pure drinking water. He said the defects are being removed from the largest project that would be implemented with sincerity and transparency soon. Bhuiyan said the local experts should be involved in the research and other works for the mitigation of the arsenic problems.
The roundtable was told that 30 million people of the country are drinking arsenic contaminated water from 27 per cent tube wells across the country. State minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Ziaul Huq Zia and Local Government Secretary AYBI Siddiqui spoke on the occasion. Joint Secretary of Local Government Division Syedur Rahman presented the keynote paper. - BSS
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