Dr Pawan Kotwal reviews Annual Action Plan for WDC-PMKSY 2.0

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH, May 30 : To review and approve the Annual Action Plan for the Watershed Development Component -Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana 2.0 (WDC-PMKSY 2.0) for the year 2024-25, a meeting was held here today.
The meeting was chaired by the Advisor to the Union Territory of Ladakh and Chairman of the Union Territory Level Sanctioning Committee (UTLSC), Dr Pawan Kotwal.
Speaking on the occasion, the Advisor Dr Pawan Kotwal highlighted the importance of transparency and adherence to guidelines in all schemes.
He directed officials to prioritize the construction of check dams over water reservoirs which must be sourced by harvesting water and he emphasized the promotion of both traditional and modern systems of water conservation and preservation of the existing water bodies.
Dr Kotwal urged the District Magistrates of Leh and Kargil to take proactive measures in implementing these directives to enhance the efficacy of water conservation efforts and ensure the sustainable management of water resources across Ladakh.
The Administrative Secretary Amit Sharma gave assurance to the Advisor Dr Pawan Kotwal on the efficiency of water conservation, preservation, and sustainable management of water resources and WDC-PMKSY 2.0.
Earlier, there was a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation outlining the projects and funds sanctioned for the fiscal year 2022-23 and achievements under the WDC-PMKSY-1.0 for 2023-2024 by the Director of the Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Department, Ladakh, Syed Sajjad Qadri.
The roles and responsibilities of the Watershed Development Team (WDT) were outlined, and a comprehensive proposal for fund allocation for activities under WDC-PMKSY 2.0 for the financial year 2024-25 was presented.
Among others who attended the meet included Commissioner/Secretary of the Forest Ecology & Environment Department, Ladakh, the Commissioner/Secretary of the Planning Development & Monitoring Department and the Agriculture/Animal Sheep Husbandry & Fisheries Department, Ladakh, the Administrative Secretary of the Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Department, Ladakh, District Magistrate/CEO, LAHDC, Leh, Director, DIHAR, Leh, and concerned officers joined the meeting virtually.