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     Raipur, April 17, 2010: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today asked his officials to keep a close watch on the illegal use of water by the industries in the state.

     Providing drinking water to the people is the topmost priority of the state government, the Chief Minister told a review meeting of the Public Health Engineering Department.

     Underlining the importance of the drinking water, Singh asked all the officials of the state to keep a close watch on the industry so that at no point of time they should draw water from illegal sources or that of violation of the ground water rules.

     At the same time the Chief Minister asked the PHE officials to put raiser pipes where ground waters have gone down substantially.

     The review meeting was attended by the PHE Minister Kedar Kashyap, Chief Secretary P Joy Oommen, Secretary-PHE Dinesh Srivastav, Revenue Secretary Sunil Kujur among others.

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