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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

Visiting Indian Minister calls for pragmatic policy to preserve, improve and utilize water resources

Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 29 September, ( Prof. Saifuddin Soz, Minister of Water Resources, Government of India attended the International Conference on Rain Water Harvesting at Kandy held on Wednesday . The Workshop, hosted by Government of Sri Lanka, drew Ministerial level participation from Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives.

Speaking at the inauguration, Prof. Soz emphasized the importance of rain water harvesting for sustainable development. He said that water is the basis of all living eco systems and is a precious resource which needs to be managed carefully.

Recalling the traditions of rain water harvesting in India over the centuries, Prof. Soz elaborated on the initiatives taken by Government of India at the level of central planning. He also spoke about regional and state level plans shaped to suit local needs.

He also underlined the synergies developed between the government and NGOs for optimal development and management of ground water resources. The Minister also spoke about the indispensable role of people's participation and social acceptance to augment governmental efforts.

Referring to Kyoto Protocol, the Minister urged signatories to implement the Protocol in letter and spirit for larger human good. Prof. Soz called upon the participating countries to evolve collective steps and a pragmatic policy to improve, utilize, augment and preserve the precious ground water resources.

He hoped that collective wisdom would emerge during the course of the Workshop to achieve the goal of "Water For All".

- Asian Tribune -

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