Govt to Launch its Own Mineral Water Costing RS.1 per Liter
- In line with the incumbent government’s austerity drive, the Science and Technology Ministry launched its own mineral water.
- The Pakistan Council of Research and Water Reserves have prepared a 500 ml water bottle named ‘Safe Drinking Water’.
- At first, bottled water will be used at PM’s Office, President House, and Parliament House later; it will be made available to the general public.
The Ministry of Science and Technology has introduced its own bottled water with a price tag of RS.1 per liter.
For now, the project is started as a pilot. The state produced water bottles will initially be available for the government offices, for now, costing RS.1 per liter.
The federal minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, said that the step has been taken in light of the government’s austerity measures.
“The new bottle water will be a cheaper alternative to the mineral water that is currently available at government offices,” Minister said.
He further remarked:
“This bottled water, called the ‘Safe Drinking Water, will cost RS.1 per liter.”
The Pakistan Council of Research and Water Reserves (PCRWR) have so far prepared 500 ml bottles for the water. At first, this bottled water will be served to officials at Prime Minister Office, GHQ, and Parliament House, and then later at offices of different ministries.
“We have rolled out these water bottles for RS.1 per liter and it is a quality drinking water,” the Federal Minister said.
The PCRWR has collected water samples from around the country for the survey. The ratio of salts in the water was examined in the survey.
Following the ratio of salts in water samples collected from all tehsils, the government has decided to establish water plants in these areas with the help of private companies.
The plants would be established with easy installments loans to people so that cheap and safe drinking water is available throughout the country.
83% of Underground Drinking Water Unsafe:
Earlier, the Federal Minister for Science and Technology said that underground water in most of the areas is unsafe for drinking and it is the government’s top priority to provide safe drinking water to the people.
This was revealed after the Ministry of Science and Technology tested the underground water samples collected from every Tehsil of the country.
Water Treatment Plants:
The Minister of Science and Technology said that the government would provide water treatment plants to the people and that public-private partnerships would also be encouraged in that regard.
It was the government’s plan to install mineral water treatment plants at public offices with an aim to provide safe drinking water to employees.
This is How Govt Saved Trillions in Austerity Drive:
The government of Punjab has claimed that it saved nearly RS.1 trillion in an austerity drive in its first eleven months in power.
The Housing Department saved RS.4 billion by cutting down on office expenses, the Department of Education and Health saved RS.6 billion each while offices of Economic Affairs, Agriculture, Transport, Energy, Mining and Fuel saved RS.37 billion in total.
Punjab government had allocated RS.12.25 trillion for annual government expenses. By the end of the last fiscal year, RS.11.29 trillion had been spent, saving nearly a trillion rupees
Soon after assuming office, Prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered the federal and provincial governments to adopt austerity measures to cut down on daily office expenses.
PM Imran Khan himself had saved millions of rupees by not staying in the Prime Minister House. The government would cut all unnecessary expenditures.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had also directed the cabinet members that austerity measures be implemented in letter and spirit. He said that cabinet members should set an example for others by adopting a simple lifestyle.