Bhopal, July 29: Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister and In-Charge of Gwalior district Gauri Shankar Bisen on Saturday mocked the miseries of drought hit people in Madhya Pradesh while claiming that water shortage is not a matter of concern. “If the people are suffering from the lack of water, it is not a matter of concern. We will provide them Bisleri Water bottles,” he reportedly said.

Gwalior is hit by one of the worst droughts in the history of the district. Gwalior is entirely dependent on the water supply from the Tighra dam but deteriorating table of water in the dam was seen concerning the residents of the districts. [Read: Drought in India: 2 more children die while attempting to fetch water in Madhya Pradesh]

Responding to the statements of the minister, the Congress launched a scathing attack on Bisen. District President of Congress Women Wing Kamlesh Kaurav said, “The minister is unable to get water from Tighra dam, how will he get Bisleri water for people hit by drought.” Municipal Corporation of Gwalior warned if the present condition continues, it may not be able to ensure water supply to people after 2-3 days.

Bisen had earlier triggered controversy by his statement during agitation of farmers for loan waiver in the state. He had said, the state government will not forgo the loans of farmers even if they wished to unleash violence during agitation.

Responding to severe drought in Madhya Pradesh, Union Minister Uma Bharati had earlier said her ministry proposed to irrigate 1,71,030 hectares and 68,007 hectares of land in areas of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh falling in the Bundelkhand region under the incentivisation scheme for bridging irrigation gap.

The scheme will benefit Jhansi, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Lalitpur and Banda districts of Uttar Pradesh and Tikamgarh and Datia districts of Madhya Pradesh, she added.

The government had also unveiled plans to construct 259 wells to explore ground water in six districts in Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh.

(With inputs from PTI)