Dr. Shailendra Kumar Joshi, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Telangana gave the inaugural address at the Two-day Management Development Programme for Government officials and Engineers of Government of Telangana on Mainstreaming Gender issues, Equity and Water Management. Sh. B Kalyan Chakravarthy, IAS, Director General EPTRI, Dr Rajiv Seth, Pro Vice Chancellor of the TERI School of Advanced Studies and Dr. Ian Reid, Chief Academic Officer, ICE WaRM, Australia have addressed the participants.
The dignitaries planted medicinal plants in the campus of EPTRI as part of the ongoing programme of Haritha Haram. In his inaugural address Sh. Shailendra Kumar Joshi, Chief Secretary, Government of Telangana reiterated the need for constant capacity development amongst officials towards water management practices especially with respect to gender equity, women’s empowerment and women’s rights in water management. In the inaugural address, he said that, “The water scarcity problem in India is not due to non-availability of water. The issue is about how to harness it for equitable distribution. Even though Telangana is located in between two rivers Godavari and Krishna, the state has struggled for water for the last 70 years. There are two major initiatives by the government of Telangana, namely the Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha for irrigation water management and water provisioning to households respectively. This would help in achieving equity not just gender but across caste, class and socio-economic groups