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May 2014

11:10 pm UTC

Mumbai: In a bid to make Maharashtra drought free, the Malaysia and Maharashtra governments agreed to share knowledge and work together to provide water for all at a seminar held in the city on Thursday. YB Senator Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia and Chief Executive Officer of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) shared the experience of water conservation in his country, which he said had various similarities with India.

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

Jala said that planning has to be done at a three-tier level. “We have to make programmes that can be implmented. Moreover, there has to be constant monitoring,” Jala said. Highlighting the concept’s applicability, Jala said that it had worked well in Tanzania and would also work well in Maharashtra. “The model is working successfully in Malaysia, which was version 1. In Tanzania it was version 2, which was better and in Maharashtra it would be version 3,” Jala said. Besides Jala, other Pemandu team members who made presentations included Ravindran Devagunam, Director of the Wholesale-Retail and Anti-Corruption unit of the PEMANDU and Arzee Pardas, Manager, Wholesale and Retail unit.
Earlier, Bobby Nimbalkar, Head-Strategic Leadership Council, Sakal Media Group, made a presentation on the Delivering Change initiatives of the Sakal Media Group.

Sakal Chief Editor Shriram Pawar welcomed the guests at the meeting.

Among those who were present include Planning Commission Member Dr Arun Miara, Maharashtra Minister of Water Conservation and Employment Guarantee Dr Nitin Raut, Minister for Water Resources Sunil Tatkare, Minister for Co-operation and Parliamentary Affairs Harshvardhan Patil, Minister for Health Suresh Shetty, Minister for Labour Hasan Mushrif, Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjay Savkare, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Swadhin Kshtriya, Additional Chief Secretary (GAD) KP Bakshi, Principal Secretary (Water Conservation and Employment Guarantee) V Giriraj, Principal Secretary (Water Resources) Malini Shankar, Principal Secretary (Water Resources) Eknath Patil.

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