With a view to encourage women’s leadership and people’s participation in Water Users Associations (WUA), Samarthan has organized 25 district-level workshops in various districts of Chhattisgarh under the Awareness Campaign for Women Empowerment and Participation supported by Chhattisgarh Irrigation Development Project (CIDP) and ADB the campaign.
el workshops and the suggestions of the CIDP, Samarthan supported the state WUAs federation in organizing a state-level workshop on 28 and 29 August 2012. The workshop was graced by the Honorable Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr. Raman Singh. This workshop provided a platform from the WUAs and the farmers to air their problems in front of the Chief Minister, the State Water Resources Minister Ramvichar Netam and officials of the Water Resources Department, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh. Representatives from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) also participated in the workshop. After a long discussion Mr. Kailash Gupta, President, WUA Batouli was elected as the President of State Level WUA Federation.
During the closing ceremony, the newly-elected President submitted a wish-list to the Chief Minister who announced the expansion of the project area and the project period of the Chhattisgarh Irrigation Development Project.