New Delhi: The ‘Sahyog Sankalp’ resolution was adopted in the Valedictory Session of the two-day Regional Conference on ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ focusing on Jal Shakti (water resources) and Disaster Management, organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) in collaboration with Government of Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), concluded at Jammu yesterday.
Advisors to the Lt. Governor of J&K, K. K. Sharma and Farooq Khan; Additional Secretary, DARPG, Government of India, V. Srinivas; Principal Secretary, Department of Disaster Management, Govt. of J&K, Pandurang K. Pole; and other delegates were present during the Valedictory session.
Advisor K.K. Sharma said under the ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ program there are various avenues for mutual learning between paired states, ranging from tourism to culture and education, among others. Sharma added that with this conference, the level of knowledge sharing in the areas of public administration and governance have been opened.
Sharma said that J&K will benefit from leading examples of Tamil Nadu in various fields, and noted that the technical experts and administrative officials present during the Conference have an important role to play in disaster mitigation. They will benefit from the Tamil Nadu experiences, he added.
Speaking during the Valedictory Session, Advisor Farooq Khan said the timely sharing of information is very important in case of disasters, which helps to minimize the loss of property and saving precious lives.
Khan complimented the DARPG for taking the initiative to organise this conference, which he termed a serious effort to deliberate upon the issues related to disaster management, and said that knowledge and experience gained from this conference will help officials to tackle difficult situations in the coming days.
The Conference was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State (PP) Jitendra Singh on 30 November. The Lt. Gov. of J&K, G.C. Murmu; Minister for Revenue & Disaster Management, Government of Tamil Nadu, R.B. Udhayakumar; J&K Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam; and Additional Secretary DARPG V. Srinivas also addressed senior officers from Government of India, Tamil Nadu Government and UT of J&K.
During the two-day conference, six technical sessions were held on wide ranging issues viz., Rejuvenation of Rivers- Cauvery and Jhelum, Reducing Water Consumption in Agriculture, Water Warriors Discussion, Urban flooding, NDRF Rescue operations – 2014 Srinagar floods and 2015 Chennai floods.