NEW DELHI The Union Minister of Jal Shakti has recognised ITC Ltd for its efforts to save water in the 3rd National Water Awards' 'Best Industry for CSR Activities' category. The Adani Foundation came in second, followed by HAL and Dharampal Satyapal Ltd, who tied for third place.
These awards highlight the important role that significant Indian firms have played in addressing the water problem, both for their own risk and for the risk of all partners.
Water is essential to life, said Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who spoke at the event. The current water demand in India is anticipated to be over 1,100 billion cubic metres per year, with the need expected to rise to 1,447 billion cubic metres by 2050. Water is a vital resource for India, which has one of the world's fastest developing economies. Despite having more than 18% of the world's population, India only has 4% of the world's renewable water resources.
The National Water Awards (NWA) were established in this context to honour and encourage excellent work and efforts made by States, Districts, individuals, organisations, and others across the country in achieving the government's vision of a 'Jal Samridh Bharat,' the minister said.