New Delhi: The ‘Sahyog Sankalp’ resolution was adopted in the Valedictory Session of the two-day Regional Conference on ‘Ek Bharat Shreshta 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 in Jammu yesterday.
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 the Government of India, Tamil Nadu Government and UT of J&K.
After intensive deliberations, the conference unanimously adopted the ‘Sahyog Sankalp’ during the Valedictory Session. The Conference resolved that the Government of India and the participating Governments of Tamil Nadu and the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh shall collaborate to promote unity in diversity envisaged under the ‘Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat’ Program through enhanced exchange of information in the fields of Jal Shakti and Disaster Management.
The Governments will also make concerted efforts to resolve mutually concerning issues in the areas of Jal Shakti and Disaster Management through improved monitoring and a deep and structured engagement between the paired Governments, and hold Regional Conferences throughout the year, alternatively, between the paired Governments, on mutually agreed subjects related to Jal Shakti and Disaster Management.
The first of these Conferences will be convened in Chennai in 2020 by DARPG, where officials from the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh will present the progress registered and achievements made in the areas of Jal Shakti and Disaster Management.
The parties will also share technical expertise in the areas of water harvesting, cutting down farm water consumption, rejuvenation of rivers and preventing urban flooding, and work towards long-term engagements in the areas of Jal Shakti and Disaster Management through Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between the Line Departments of the paired Governments.
The Governments will collaborate to create a favorable environment for learning by sharing best practices and experiences in terms of documentation and dissemination through conference proceedings and special publications of the DARPG Journal ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’ on the subjects of Jal Shakti and Disaster Management.
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.
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.