“NATIONAL WATER CONVENTION FOR DROUGHT FREE INDIA”
India has been experiencing severe impacts of natural calamities very frequently. Floods and droughts cause havoc on unpredicted scale resulting in human misery and economic loss. While there are natural factors which cause these devastations, human interference in functioning of nature has aggravated the situations. Natural resources base is exploited recklessly to fulfill growing needs of the society and to fulfill commercial demands.
Drought affects human life in many ways. It exhausts the sources of water creating shortages for drinking water for animals and human beings. It reduces agricultural yields and farm incomes, forces people into distress migration leading to socio-political problems. In this context drought mitigation and management assume special significance. Both dimensions of nature made as well as manmade drought call for solutions. These solutions in turn demand, public awareness about challenges of management of natural resources especially water. While everybody is affected by water scarcities and drought, there are no commensurate efforts on the part of individuals/institution to alleviate the solution. Therefore, there is an urgent need for water literacy campaign in the country.
In view of this realization, Tarun Bharat Sangh and Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan led by Waterman Dr. Rajendra Singhji have launched a nationwide “Water Literacy Yatra” This campaign comprises two streams- One yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, launched from Gandhi Mantap, Kanyakumari on May 28, 2017 (Kanyakumari to Kashmir Yatra) and the other one launched on May 20, 2017 from Vijayapur Karnataka. The second team travels via Goa to Gauhati (Assam). Both Yatras, after reaching their respective destinations, will converge at Vijayapur (Karnataka) on August 15, 2017, to coincide with celebrations of 70thIndependence Day of India,
This convergence at Vijayapur highlights efforts of local communities and administration in mitigating drought and achieve self-sufficiency in water. Vijayapur has set the tone in this direction by joining river and tanks and rejuvenating Rivers and traditional water harvesting structures. Vijayapur also houses one of the oldest Dry Farming Research stations in the country. To mark these historical developments National Water Convention has been planned for August 16-18, 2017.
Community leaders, water experts, practitioners, administrators, academicians are congregating in Vijayapur during three days. They will deliberate upon our understanding of drought, approaches to mitigate drought and will share experiences in managing the drought and water management. Magnanimous people of Vijayapur have organized accommodation and food to the delegates for the duration.
We appeal to you to kindly participate in this historic event to mitigate and manage drought and to build a robust “DROUGHT FREE INDIA”
Rajendra Singh Sanjay Singh
Thanks & Regards,