A workshop on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) was conducted by the joint efforts of Lake Conservation Committee and Mohan Singh Mehta Memorial Trust (MSMMT) under banner of Global Water Partnership and India Water Partnership.
The workshop which was held at Vidya Bhawan Polytechnic College was attended by Self Help Women group of 21 villages situated at rivers of Wakal and Banas and representatives of angan-wadi around Udaipur.
Many serious points have been discussed in the workshop including State’s water scheme which ensures the vital role of women in water resource and management but it factually never did any constructive measures to effectively coordinate with women from rural and urban areas. However, women are the easiest victims who often get infected due to polluted and harmful water and also suffer due to lack of water supply.
The women present in the workshop have agreed to increase their role and participation in water policies and projects held in the region. The women representatives of Self Help Group said that one of the major causes of their low interest is lack of education and awareness.
Commencing the workshop, Vijay Singh Mehta of MSMMT said, “It is necessary to ensure the health and education of women, it is also important to take ensure their participation from planning to execution of project to effectively manage and conserve water.”
In the beginning of the programme, Anil Mehta who is a state representative of Global Water Project India and head of Polytechnic College explained about the concept of water resource and management. He said, “Water policy of state has agreed to the perspective of Integrated Water and Resource Management Mechanism (IWRM) and it is essential to encourage the contribution from all stakeholders of IWRM.
Many prominent personalities who dedicated their life in preserving lakes of Udaipur were present in the workshop and shared their suggestions on the issue of water conservation.
Nandkishore Sharma, Secretary of MSMMT; Madan Nagda, Secretary of Gandhi Manav Kalyan Samiti; Dr. Tej Rajdan of Lake Conservation Committee; Dr. L.L. Sharma Limnologist; Jitendra Mehta, Director of Alert Organization; Mohan Dangi, Secretary of Prayatn Samiti; Haribala Sharma of Vidhya Bhawan Angan badi and Jyotsna Jhala of Pahal have given their ideas and suggestions on the topic of water conservation and management.