Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
First Invitation for Participation
Regional Dialogue on River Mahanadi
“Building a People’s Agenda for Management of River Mahanadi”
Sambalpur – 23 and 24 December 2012
Organised by: Water Initiatives Odisha, and Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chhatisgarh
Mahanadi, touted as a water surplus river, is in fact dying. While the river’s water is on a receding path, the allocation of water to industrial houses and urbanisation is increasing. The changed priorities in managing the water resources are taking a heavy toll on both the quantity and quality of the river water. In fact, this most important peninsular river of the country has become the most controversial of all.
With the increased industrialisation, commercialisation and urbanisation in the river basin, fights over the water has also increased. Farmers, fisher folks and common people have been struggling hard to access the river water. The river is now heavily polluted and the current blind push for Thermal Power Plants is further worsening the plight of the Mother River of both Odisha and Chhatisgarh.
The management of the river needs urgent attention of both the people and policy makers. Most importantly both the major riparian states i.e. Odisha and Chhatisgarh must start discussing and form a whole new strategy to manage the river keeping in mind its current status of issues and problems.
With the above in background, Water Initiatives Odisha and Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chhattisgarh are organising a two day long Dialogue on River Mahanadi which is aimed at ““Building a People’s Agenda for Management of River Mahanadi”.
In this Dialogue, we aim at chalking out a plan for building an understanding on the stress that Mahanadi faces today and then build a consensus on a people’s agenda to be submitted to the state governments as well as to take them to the people of the states.
If you are interested in the issue and want to participate please write back to us and we can discuss further. Please mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and call us at 09437050103/09937561700.
Look forward to hear from you.
Thanks and regards
Ranjan Panda, Convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha
Gautam Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Convenor, Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chhatisgarh
Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO) is a state coalition of civil society organisations, farmers, academia, media and other concerned, which has been working on water, environment and climate change issues in Odisha for more than two decades now.
Nadi Ghati Morcha is a Chhattisgarh based people’s organisation struggling for community rights over natural resources and promote water centric economy to get justice and equity.
The Government of Odisha, while offering 60% Block Grant (very controversial and I cannot understand this mathematics, so don't ask me what is this. Just remember its peanuts) to school teachers, has put a condition. If the pass percentage of the children reduces their salary will also go down. So, its a 'fluctuating pay' offer.
Now, can I ask the government the following questions:
1. Can you reduce the salary of the staff of Water Resources department of the state because the per capita water availability of water in the state has gone down by more than 70 per cent in five decades?
2. Can you reduce the salary of the staff of Forests and Environment department because our forest coverage has gone down by almost 50 per cent in the last half century and dense forest cover in the state has almost vanished? Also because the pollution load of the state has grown by thousands of times.
3. Can you reduce the salary of the staff of the Agriculture Department because millions of farmers are leaving farming and thousands are committing suicide due to degradation of the conditions and compensations?
4. Why are you hell bent to kill the future of the children of the common people of the state who these teachers teach? Is it a conspiracy to kill the already public education system in favour of the 'education business' your Corporate Masters are owning and promoting in the state??
Q. How long will the journey take?
A. As long as it takes to reach the destination…J
(A friend who just called me after boarding a train answers my question)
(Date: 21st November 2012)
Death does not come knocking your door but certainly gives you two options much before it arrives. You can either die as a son of the soil or for a handful of soil for your ashes to be rested. You have to make a choice when you think you are still alive…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Words have their natural limitations and hence surrender to emotions very often. This is because we learn words but are born with emotions. Sometimes we have words but they still tend to surrender to emotions. That’s why often in grief, when we lose words to console, we share the sorrow with our tears…
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Light finds a synonym in smile. We did not create both of these but are their greatest beneficiaries. By making Diwali a festival to aggravate our aggressive obsession of spending and burning money, we are demeaning the very creation of this culture that is supposed to spread smiles and light…
Spread Light, Spread Smiles!!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Greetings from Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO)!
As you know WIO has been at the forefront of action and advocacy in water, environment and climate change issues for more than two decades now. We thank you very much for your continued support and cooperation.
This email comes to you with a special purpose, informing you about a new campaign we are launching. This is about giving the children their right to play in safe water bodies. As you can see from the attached campaign poster, playing freely and in safe environments is very vital for growth of our children. However, with increasing pollution our children are no more getting the opportunity to play in safe water bodies. We want to raise this issue with the parents, people in general and more importantly with the policy makers of this country to ensure that each child of the country has the right to play in safe water bodies such as ponds and rivers.
As always, we count on you a lot to make this campaign a big success. As you are aware, WIO is not a registered or formal network. Its an informal yet vibrant network which is enriched by the presence and support of people like you. We always bank on our member individuals and organisations for success of our endeavours. Your role in building and strengthening this campaign will be very vital and we are sure you will be with us in this effort.
Initially the campaign will be targeted at urban areas of the state. Later, we want to take this up at national level in both urban and rural areas. Depending on the experience we will also add on other issues such as safe drinking water, sanitation and related rights and needs of the children of the nation.
May we request you to please help spread the word of the campaign among your friends, members and contacts.
We are planning to launch it formally on 14th November 2012 (Children's Day) at Sambalpur. But would like that to spread to other cities in gradual course of time.
Please let us know if this campaign idea interests you and if you would like to be part of it. We can discuss further details then.
Look forward to hear from you and your positive support.
Thanks and regards
Ranjan K Panda
Water Initiatives Odisha: Fighting water woes, combating climate change... more than two decades now!
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Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO) is a state level coalition of civil society organisations, farmers, academia, media and other concerned, which has been working on water, environment and climate change issues in India for more than two decades now.