ROUNDTABLE ON WATER MANAGEMENT AND SANITATION

ROUNDTABLE ON WATER MANAGEMENT AND SANITATION

A 3-member Indian delegation, led by Mr. Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India, including Mr. Nipun Vinayak, Deputy Secretary, Swachh Bharat Mission, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation; Mr. Tikender Singh Panwar, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh; who visited Stockholm for the World Water Week, participated in a Roundtable discussion on water treatment, re-cycling and sanitation on 30 August 2016 at the India House. Eleven relevant Swedish companies and agencies joined the Roundtable to exchange information on ongoing and upcoming projects and schemes in the areas in India and the related technological expertise of the Swedish companies. Commercial Counsellor Vijai Kumar, on behalf of the Ambassador of India to Sweden, welcomed the participants to the Roundtable, which was moderated by Mr. Robin Sukhia, Secretary General, Sweden India Business Council.

Mr. Parameswaran Iyer gave a presentation on the Water and Sanitation situation in India and the impact of the recently launched Government of India initiative 'Swachh Bharat Mission'. He described the current sanitation coverage and further targets to be achieved. He highlighted behavioral change; increased focus on real-time data driven decision making; mass capacity building initiatives; and training through virtual classrooms and village cleanliness index, among others, as the focus of the 'Swachh Bharat Mission'. He informed about the steps that have been taken to improve water quality and implementation and sustainability of National Rural Drinking Water Programme and focus on performance-linked disbursement of funds.

The participating Swedish companies, some of which are already operating in different parts of India, briefed about their technological strengths and evinced interest to join hands with Indian partners to work towards improving water and sanitation situation in India.