Expressing concern over the increasing incidents of acid attacks on women, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today announced that a system for online monitoring of sale of acid will soon be put in place.
The government has also created nodal groups to watch over the sale of acids in every state, he informed the Lok Sabha during the question hour.
Singh went on to say that, “We are also developing a software for online regularization of sale of acid. It is under process.”
Reiterating the same concern, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary stated that the government has asked each state to make sure the acid is only sold to a person above 18 years of age. Also, a copy of buyer’s photo identity card should be taken to track the buyer in case of any unwanted incident.
“Besides this, refusal of treatment for an acid attack victim has been made punishable by imprisonment of up to one year,” Chaudhary added.
To achieve self-sufficiency of water, the Delhi government on Wednesday gave its nod to a project to create reservoirs in the Yamuna flood plain by store overflowing water from the river during the monsoon season, an official statement said.
The pilot for the project, which has the potential for ending Delhi’s water shortage, particularly during summer months, is aimed to start in a month’s time, the statement said.
The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday approved the inter-departmental committee report on the project.
The report recommended that an amount of Rs 77,000 per acre should be paid to the farmers for leasing their land for the pilot project.
“The farmers will get the sum according to the number of acres of land they give the government on lease for the pilot project,” the government said.
The government claims that the pilot project will prove to be a game-changer not only for Delhi, but for the whole country which is facing huge water crisis in different parts.
It also said the project is first of its kind in the country.
“The important project aims at conserving water in the Yamuna floodplains and creating a mega reservoir between Palla and Wazirabad to deal with the water shortage in Delhi, particularly during summer months,” the government said.