Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva has laid emphasis on “collective effort” by government agencies, and civil society and voluntary groups for environment protection and water conservation to ensure availability of drinking water for the next generation. Rain water harvesting should be taken up as an intensive campaign, she said.

Awards

Ms. Alva gave away the Sixth Dalmia Water and Conservation Awards 2012 at Chirawa in Jhunjhunu district.

She called upon the villagers of the region not to depend on the government alone for water supply and take community initiatives to conserve water and plant trees, which will lead to a better rainfall.

The awards, given annually, have been instituted by the Ramkrishna Jaidayal Dalmia Sansthan.

The first prize comprising Rs.1 lakh in cash was given to Jodhpur-based Jal Bhagirathi Foundation in recognition of its scientific methods for water supply and its campaign highlighting the local issues of pasture land, check-dams and boundaries of agricultural fields. Jal Bhagirathi Foundation project director Kanupriya Harish received the award from the Governor.

Ms. Alva gave away consolation prizes of Rs.21,000 each to Rajendra Gamath of Mahan Seva Sansthan, Udaipur, for the Mewar region; farmer Asharam Jhajharia of Mahrampur village in Jhunjhunu district for the Shekhawati region; and Kuldeep Kothari of “Arna Jharna” desert museum, Jodhpur, for the Marwar region.

Ms. Alva said the traditional practice of women long distances to fetch water must be stopped and water must be supplied through taps in each house of villages and hamlets.

She also called upon government employees to take interest in schemes for people’s welfare and contribute actively to the drives for tree plantation, construction of toilets and extension of agricultural techniques to farmers.


  • “Take community initiatives to conserve water”

  • Plant trees, which will lead to better rainfall, she says