Sakal Times: Malaysia, Maharashtra governments to collaborate on water issues

20 May 2014ST Correspondent

Mumbai: Lauding the efforts of the Sakal Media Group’s Delivering Change Programme, which is aiming to make Maharashtra drought free, the Malaysian and Maharashtra governments have agreed to work together on the subject of water.
This was stated by Dato’ Sri IdrisJala, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia and CEO of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), in a seminar in the city on Thursday.

In his address, Jala shared the experience of water conservation in his country, which he said had close similarities to India.

He was speaking at the ‘Water for All’ seminar hosted jointly by the Delivering Change Programme of the Sakal Media Group and the State Water Conservation Department in collaboration with PEMANDU, India Backbone Implementation Network (IBIN) of the Planning Commission of India and the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Contemporary Studies, University of Mumbai.

The event, which took place at the Sahyadri State Guest House at Malabar Hill, was supported by the Sakal Media Group.

“We have to make programmes that can be implemented. Moreover, there has to be constant monitoring,” he said.

Highlighting the concept’s applicability, Jala said that the concept had worked well in Tanzania and would also worka well in Maharashtra.

“The model is working successfully in Malaysia, which was version one. In Tanzania, it was version two, which was better and in Maharashtra, it will be version three,” Jala said.

Besides Jala, other PEMANDU team members, who made presentations included RavindranDevagunam, Director of the Wholesale-Retail and Anti-Corruption unit of the PEMANDU and ArzeePardas, Manager, Wholesale and Retail unit.

Earlier, Bobby Nimbalkar, Head-Strategic Leadership Council, Sakal Media Group, made a presentation on the Delivering Change initiatives of Sakal Media Group. Sakal Chief Editor ShriramPawar welcomed the guests at the meeting.

Among those present at the seminar were Planning Commission Member Dr ArunMaira, Maharashtra Minister of Water Conservation and Employment Guarantee Dr Nitin Raut, Minister for Water Resources Sunil Tatkare, Minister for Cooperation and Parliamentary Affairs HarshawardhanPatil, Minister for Health Suresh Shetty, Minister for Labour Hasan Mushrif, Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjay Savkare, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) SwadhinKshtriya, Additional Chief Secretary (GAD) KP Bakshi, Principal Secretary (Water Conservation and Employment Guarantee) V Giriraj, Principal Secretary (Water Resources) Malini Shankar and Principal Secretary (Water Resources) EknathPatil.