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National Seminar on Bhimrao Ambedkar – Multi-purpose Development of Water Resources and Present Challenges to be held on April,19 2016



National Seminar on Bhimrao Ambedkar – Multi-purpose Development of Water Resources and Present Challenges to be held on April,19 2016

As a part of 125th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Dr. BR Ambedkar, Central Water Commission under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is organizing a national seminar on Multi-purpose Development of Water Resources and Present Challenges on April 19, 2016 in New Delhi to highlight his contribution in water sector and discuss way forward to realize his vision.

Eminent experts from water Resources sector such as Dr. Mihir Shah, Former Member, Planning Commission,Shri A C Tyagi, Secretary General ICID,Prof.Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research and Professor Emeritus, Centre for the Study of Regional Development JNU, Shri Suresh Chandra, Former Chairman CWC,Shri Rajendra Singh, Tarun Bharat Sangh and Shri A B Pandya, Former Chairman, CWC are expected to attend the seminar.

Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister will be the Chief Guest during the plenary Session of the Seminar. Sushri Uma Bharti, Union Minister(WR,RD&GR) will preside over the function. Shri Ramvilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat, Union Minister of State for (WR,RD&GR), Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Hukum Singh, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources, Shri Udit Raj, Member of Parliament and National Chairman of the All India Confederation of SC/ST will grace the occasion.

Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar is well known as the main architect of India’s Constitution and leader of oppressed. However, his contribution in the field of management of India’s water resources is not widely known.

During his tenure as Member (Labour) of the Viceroy’s Executive Council(1942-1946), Dr. Ambedkar steered formation of a definite All-India Policy for the development of water resources in the country. In order to further this task, he laid foundation of Central Waterways, Irrigation and Navigation Commission (CWINC) which was forerunner of the present day Central Water Commission (CWC).

Dr. Ambedkar advocated the concept of River Valley Authority or corporation for integrated development of the rivers. He introduced the concept of multi-purpose development of river basin in the country and his efforts in this direction have culminated with multipurpose development of Damodar, Mahanadi and other rivers immediately after independence.

He was instrumental in inclusion of Entry 56 of List 1 and introduction of article 262 regarding the adjudication of disputes related to waters of inter-sate rivers or river valleys. His vision for water sector in the country is still relevant even after lapse of more than 65 years. 

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