ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The Department of Water Resources held its inaugural coordination and review meeting to assess various ongoing schemes under state and central government programs. The meeting, presided over by Water Resources Minister Biyuram Wahge and his advisor Hayeng Mangfi, commenced with a symbolic tree-planting ceremony, emphasizing the department’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

During the welcome address, the chief engineer presented a comprehensive overview of ongoing projects, highlighting their strategic importance for the region. He pointed out funding shortages hindering the timely completion of these vital schemes and the initiation of new projects. He also stressed the need for funds to maintain completed projects, rejuvenate drinking and irrigation water sources, and implement water conservation and springshed management initiatives. He informed attendees that the “State Flood Plain Zoning Act” would be enacted soon, pending cabinet approval.

The superintending engineer (co-ordination) emphasized the need for increased manpower to reduce workload, noting that many divisions are currently managed with contingency staff.

Secretary of the department, Pige Ligu, mentioned that only 14 percent of the state’s potential is currently being utilized. He called for proactive efforts from engineers, including regular workshops and training sessions on newer technologies.

Mangfi urged officials to be proactive and forward-thinking, focusing on contributions that benefit future generations.

Wahge underscored the importance of prioritizing projects that significantly benefit the state. He urged the department to focus resources on initiatives that contribute meaningfully to the overall development and welfare of the citizens. The Minister emphasized transparency in communicating departmental efforts to the public and instructed officers to justify additional fund requests rigorously. He also stressed the timely handling of employee grievances and retirement processes to boost morale.

The coordination meeting concluded with a commitment from all parties to streamline efforts towards achieving the department’s goals effectively. It served as a platform for constructive dialogue and collaboration aimed at overcoming challenges and maximizing the impact of water resource management initiatives across the state.

The meeting covered crucial aspects such as project management, resource allocation, employee welfare, and future planning, reflecting a comprehensive approach to water resource management.