Soil and Water Conservation

Vol.06 Issue No. 06
July - December, 2003

Observation of "Water Months"

July-August, 2003:

Soil and Water Conservation Department celebrated the "Water Month" during July-August, 2003 in all the districts of the State. The different Divisions of the Department organized a series of Programme and functions relating to water in operational areas where the watershed Development Project in Shifting Cultivation Areas are implemented.

In all the programmes, the central theme of water with emphasis on its conservation, management and uses is highlighted. The officers of the Department and other Resource persons drawn from other Departments and organizations dwelt on the need to adopt the right attitude towards water and warned that the unregulated degradation of forest and vegetations in watershed areas and near water sources could lead to water catastrophe in such areas. Another important aspect of the lectures and speeches given is the need to harvest rainwater to supplement the water needs of the people in domestic as well as in agriculture pursuits. The Resource persons and speakers also exhorted the community leaders to take a pro-active role and emphasized on the need of participatory responsibility by them in the efforts to conserve water in their respective areas.

Participants in the programmes include community leaders, village elders, teachers, school students including the farming community besides general public, Government officials and members of Self – Help Groups and NGOs.

27th July, 2003 [DSCO-(Bagh)]

The Baghmara Soil Conservation Cash Crops Division organized an Awareness campaign at Rekmanggre under Rompa Bisik Mini Watershed. The Division also organized a "Shramdhan" in which the villagers of the area and officers of the Division participated.

Women folk lining up to lend a hand during "Shramdan" at Rompa stream.

28th July, 2003 [DSCO-(Shg-T)]

The office of the Divisional Soil Conservation Officer Shillong (T) organized Awareness campaign as part of the observation on the Water month at Mawlong village which falls under the Wahtamdong Micro–Watershed (WDPSCA). The theme for the campaign is " Water - another name for life". Officers who gave lectures during the campaign are Shri. K.W. Marbaniang, DSCO, Shri. A.S. Kharlukhi, ASCO and Smti. S.Pohsnem, ASCO.

Participants during "Water Month" Awareness Campaign
Participants during "Water Month" Awareness Campaign at Mawlong Village.

29th July, 2003 [DSCO-(Shg-T)]

An Awareness campaign programmes was held at Mawsiatkhnam village under the Umlew Micro-Watershed (WDPSCA) in which farming community and beneficiaries of the project participated. Speakers include officers of the Division who gave exhaustive rendering on the technical aspects of conservation and management of water and water sources.

Awareness Programme at Mawsiatkhnam village
Shri K.W. Marbaniang, Project Leader, WDPSCA, East Khasi Hills speaking at the Awareness Programme at Mawsiatkhnam village.

30th July, 2003 [DSCO-(Shg-T)]

The office of the D.S.C.O. Shillong (T) celebrated the Water month at Umrynjah village under the Umpling-Umrynjah watershed (WDPSCA). Shri. B. Thangkhiew, Chairman of Umrynjah Watershed Committee presided over the function in which the Chief Guest was Shri. P.R. Mawthoh, former Director of Soil Conservation, Meghalaya. The speakers in the function explained on the intricacies of water resources build-ups and exhorted the people and beneficiaries to give their co-operation to the schemes and project undertaken by the Division in their areas

celebration of Water Month
A member of Umpling-Umrynjah Watershed Committee gave his testimony during celebration of "Water Month".


Soil & Water Conservation Meghalaya Newsletter. Vol. 6 (6) July - December, 2003