Dated: 25-02-2015 India Water Week 2015- Hamara Jal Hamara Jeevan on the theme Water Management for Sustainable Development was inaugurated by DDC Reasi .Ms Sushma Chauhan IAS presence of Executive Director Dr. Narinder Bhatial, and Member Secretary DWSM Sh. Someshwer Mengi S.E PHE Udhampur ,Reasi District Sh. M.J Updhaya, Executive Engineer CWC at Conference Hall, District Administrative Complex .
The programme was organised by Communication and Capacity Development Unit (CCDU) Water & Sanitation Support Organistation (WSSO) Department of PHE I&FC, through Program Implementation Agency Society for Development & Training . Central Water Commission, District Water Sanitation Mission and Central Ground Water Commission under the aegis of Ministry of Water Resources, River Management & Ganga Rejuvenation, Govt of India.
A booklet on India Water Week was released by “DDC Reasi. Ms Sushma Chauhan in presence of Executive Director Dr. Narinder Bhatial, The aim of the programme is to create awareness among the general public regarding Conservation, Preservation and Judicious use of water. During the Programme, DDC Reasi Ms.Sushma Chauhan IAS said that the demands are increasing every year for water while resources are becoming more and more limited. That is why it is important to seek out, find and start using all the innovative water conservations solutions and methods that are available today. He further said that such type of workshops play an important role in educating people about the importance and judicious use of water.
She also highlighted the need to keep water bodies neat and clean and take measure to conserve them for future.
Dr. Narinder Bhatial Executive Director CCDU stressed that fresh water globally is less than 3%, related to India which is facing fresh water crises; it has just 4% of the world’s fresh water but 16% of the global population.800 million men, women and children do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. Diseases kill 2.2 Million people every year and the majority are children, as their bodies are not strong enough to fight diarrhoea, E coli and other illness. 27,000 children under the age of 5 die every week, where as in Indian every year about 6, 00,000 children die and 1,600 deaths daily. A child dies every 19 seconds from water borne diseases. This problem can be solved but only if we work “together” and start thinking for the solution.
Speaking on the occasion Sh. M.J Updhaya, Executive Engineer CWC said that we all use water in many ways that include drinking, bathing, washing and watering our lawns, but water is a limited resource. That is why it is important that we all find ways to conserve water every day in every way.
He further said that water is one of the most important substances on earth. All plants and animals must have water to survive. If there was no water there would be no life on earth. Apart from drinking, people have many other uses for water and it is our duty to use water judiciously.
Among others were Chief Planning Officer Reasi, Executive Engineer PHE Sh. K.K Magotra Reasi, Project Manager Integrated Water Shed Management, District Project Officer ICDS, Chief Education Officer Reasi, Chief Medical Officer Reasi, District Social Welfare Officer Reasi, Block Development Officer Reasi, and other Block Medical Officer’s. Sarpanchs and Panchs were also present on the occasion.