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Afghan officials visit MP, learn benefits of wise water management

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net 
Bhopal : Ghulam Haider, an engineer in the Afghanistan Government, has lauded the coordinated efforts of the Bharatiya Janata Party ruled Madhya Pradesh Government, UNICEF, NGOs and community members in the state on the issue of wise water management in Dhar and Jhabua. 
Haider, along with Abdul Samay, chief of water and Environmental Sanitation, UNICEF office of Afghanistan, was here for a week's visit to Madhya Pradesh. This was a learning exchange visit, facilitated by the UNICEF with a purpose of learning about the benefits of wise water management in the State. 
The officials were accompanied with their colleagues Engineer Samander Popal from the Government and Ahmad Zia, Project Officer UNICEF, Afghanistan, They visited Indore, Dhar and Jhabua. 
Talking to newspersons, Haider said, "We see a synergy here which is reaping results for children and with community on board." The de-centralization process we saw here was quite encouraging, he added further. 
Abdul Samay from UNICEF's Afghanistan office said that it is the involvement of communities, children, parents-teachers association and recognition of value of water here in Dhar and Jhabua which is exciting. 
Samuel Godfrey, Project Officer Water and Environmental Sanitation officer, and PS Umasree, Education officer UNICEF office for Madhya Pradesh, were also present at the occasion.
Play pumps have been installed by the UNICEF and Public Health Engineering department in Dhar, Jhabua, Indore, Guna, Shivpuri, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Vidisha and Hoshangabad which have also been technically evaluated by the National Environment Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur. Wise-water management includes re-use/re-cycling of water, dilution of fluoride affected water with rain-water and water safety planning.