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Concern over depleting fresh water reserves

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 26 - Speaking at a function organised by the Guwahati Regional Centre (GRC) of the Institution of Public Health Engineers-India (IPHE- I) on the occasion of the World Water Day here, Ashok Kumar Das, secretary Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) expressed serious concern over the depleting fresh water reserves and advocated for scientific water usage.

According to a press release received here today, the function was held at the Sangeetacharyya Lakhiram Baruah Sadan here on March 22 as part of a day-long programme, which was organised in collaboration with the Indian Water Works Association, Senior Engineers Forum of Greater Guwahati and the PHE Retired Engineers� Forum.

Speaking at the function as the appointed speaker, Prof Mukulesh Barua, Director, Assam Institute of Management dwelt at length on �Water and Jobs�, the topic stipulated by the United Nations (UN). He maintained that the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) envisaged by the UN recently, would open up a broad spectrum of job avenues in the water sector.

Organisers of the function felicitated Dharani Saikia, manager of the Tapatjuri Fluoride Mitigation Support Centre (FMSC) and a financial assistance already committed by the IPHE, GRC on the IPHE Day, was also handed over to him. Accepting the felicitation, Saikia called upon the people and agencies concerned to work in a concerted manner for the eradication of the menace of fluoride and Fluorosis.

Chairman of the Guwahati Regional Centre of the Indian Water Works Association D Kedia, released the current issue of the IPHE, GRC journal.

General Manager of the NEEPCO SK Baruah spoke on the present status and scope of jobs in the hydro power sector.

At the function, winners of the prize-money school level quiz competition held on the topic �Water - our lifeline� were presented the prizes. The team comprising Satya Ranjan Biswal and Madhurnil Das of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Silpukhuri was adjudged the best, while the one comprising Arnab Das and Rishabh Gogoi of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Borsojai was adjudged as the second best and the one comprising Riddhik Parashar and Subrata Sarma Barua of the Faculty Higher Secondary School, North Guwahati, was adjudged as the third best team of the competition.

Altogether 31 teams took part in the competition, which was conducted by quiz masters Dilip Kumar Sarma and Rittwik Bhattacharyya. Former Commissioner and Secretary PHED Madhab Chandra Das gave away the prizes.

Earlier, welcoming the guests and participants of the function IPHE, GRC, elaborated the themes of the World Water Day right from its inception to show as to how the themes are closely connected with the growing concerns over the issues related with the sustainable management of fresh water.

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