Water Security Pilot Project in Himachal Pradesh
- A Pilot Project for Integrated Water Management, based on Scientific Data and Evidence-based Decision Support System.
- A partnership between the state government of Himachal Pradesh and Wheels Global Foundation.
- A model of convergence for water security at the village level.
- Launch of a customized Portal for sustainable convergence at the state level- to be launched by AS, JJM.
Water is the most critical element, intimately impacting particularly rural lives, economy, health, and livelihoods, and with serious consequences if not addressed now. It is also intricately linked to the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
WHEELS Water Council is working with the State Government of Himachal Pradesh for a scalable and replicable pilot project for water security, through integrated water management, based on scientific data and evidence-based decision support systems. This is being implemented in 22 selected villages of Bilaspur, Solan, Mandi, and Kangra districts.
WGF has signed a formal MoU with the State Government, to implement this Pilot Project for undertaking the works recommended by the Consortium of WGF Partners, spanning scientific research group (ACWADAM), academia (IIT Roorkee), social technology enterprise (PSI), and grassroots organizations (CORD, MVS, and RTDC), with proven capability in the domain.
Chairperson - WHEELS Water Council
is a retired member of the 1979 batch of Indian Administrative Services (IAS)
. She was Secretary (Coordination and Public Grievances), Cabinet Secretariat in 2015, and served as Member/Chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board from 2015-18, post her retirement. In the course of her distinguished career, she served as Secretary in the Union Ministry of Labour & Employment and in the Ministry of Home Affairs (Border Management) (2013-15). She has served as Special/Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor, Ministry of Environment and Forests (2010-13). She has also been Principal Secretary, Urban Development (2009-10); Principal Secretary, Industries & Mines (2008-09), Industries Commissioner (2007-08), and Secretary, Education Department (2000-02) in the Government of Gujarat. She also held the position of Director-General, National Institute of Fashion and Technology, Ministry of Textiles (2002-07).
Gauri Kumar holds a degree of BSc in Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics from Allahabad University. She completed her MSc in Mathematics from Lucknow University and was awarded seven gold medals in the course of her studies, for exceptional academic distinction. She also holds a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She was awarded the Littauer Fellowship by Harvard University, for commitment to excellence, academic achievement, and public service.
She is the Independent Director on the Boards of Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GSFC), Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd (GNFC), and Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd (GMDC). She is an Independent External Monitor in the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL).
She has contributed a chapter on ‘Industry and Labour’ in the recently published book ‘Accelerating India: 7 Years of Modi Government’, edited by Shri K J Alphons, Member of Parliament, and a foreword by Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of India.
Member - WHEELS Water Council
is a founding team member of several leading well-known companies in the IT, consultancy, and education fields. He is the Co-founder of Nucleus Software, Grows Talent Co Ltd., and School of Inspired Leadership. Yogesh, alumni of the IITD 1979 batch, was President of IIT Delhi Alumni Association during the year 2006-07. He has also been an active participant in PanIIT Alumni activities.
Yogesh serves on the board of SOIL – School of Inspired Leadership (www.soilindia.net). SOIL has been recognized as a pioneer in leadership education and has won laurels for its unique approach to leadership development. It is founded on five pillars of mindfulness, ethics, compassion, diversity, and sustainability.
Yogesh has been an advisor to the Millennium Alliance program of FICCI. Millennium Alliance is a fund set up jointly by USAID, DST, DFID (UKAID), and several other organizations. In the last five years, Millennium Alliance has supported more than 120 social sector innovations impacting about 10 million people. These have been selected from amongst about 5,000 applicants who applied for this catalytic funding. These enterprises have been in the field of education, healthcare, agriculture, energy, and water and sanitation, etc. In addition, he served as a Co-Chair of the Startup Committee of FICCI and a member of the Science and Technology Board of FICCI. He is a sought-after mentor by the entrepreneurs incubated at FICCI supported incubators and accelerators.
Yogesh is an active participant in Mission Samriddhi. Mission Samriddhi is a Social Development and Acceleration project in India. Yogesh is a member of the Executive Council of Mission Samriddhi. Yogesh serves on the board of WHEELS Charitable Foundation. He is a member of the team working on the Pilot Project for Integrated Water Management based on Scientific Data and Evidence for Himachal Pradesh. Yogesh is a certified Executive Coach.
Support - WHEELS Water Council
is Research Associate at Mission Samriddhi, a social impact enterprise operating to build findings for the organization to achieve its goal towards holistic human development at various levels. As a communications associate, she working to bridge the gap between people and the organization, both internally and externally. Building a structure where exchanging ideas is smooth and creates efficiency. She is an experienced project coordinator who has worked with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India with decent skills in the International Affairs Industry holding considerable knowledge about the theories of IR.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Hons. from Delhi University and did her Masters in International Relations from Anglia Ruskin University, the UK.