Cabinet okays India, Tanzania MoU on water resources

Untitled-1(IANS) The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tanzania for bilateral cooperation in water resources management and development.

The cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The areas of enhanced cooperation include techniques in water harvesting, surface and groundwater management and development and aquifer recharge. Collaboration and sharing of expertise on the areas mutually agreed will benefit the country in techniques in water harvesting, water conservation, surface and groundwater management and development, and aquifer recharge,” said an official statement.

“The government shall encourage the exchange of experts, organisation of training programmes, study tours and other such activities including demonstrative pilot studies, in order to build capacities in the areas mentioned above. A Joint Working Group shall be formed to monitor the activities under the MoU,” it added.

The enhanced cooperation comes in the wake of the visit of Tanzania Minister of Water Resources to New Delhi on July 16, 2014. The two sides discussed the issue of water harvesting and management practices and decided to have a MoU after mutual consultations.

Medaram Jathara

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