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KASARAGOD: P. Abdul Kareem of Kinanur-Karinthalam panchayat has been selected for the `Jalamithra' award in recognition of excellence in water conservation programmes.
The award has been instituted by the district panchayat as part of its Swajaldhara Project, a water conservation scheme under the Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission Programme.
Mr. Abdul Kareem has transformed a 32-acre barren hilly terrain in the panchayat into a natural forest. He began work on the project in 1978.
He has won accolades from across the world for his environmental work. `Kareem forest' also appeared in the all-India advertisement of Indian Oil Corporation (`India Inspired'), last year.
The award for excellence in implementation of water conservation projects under the Swajaldhara project (phase I) goes to Kayyur-Cheemeni panchayat.
Chemmanad grama panchayat has been selected for the award for successful implementation of phase II scheme of the Swajaldhara project.
The quality, cost-effectiveness and efficiency of the projects that were implemented by the panchayats were taken into consideration while choosing the best among the 12 panchayats in the district. While the Kayyur-Cheemeni panchayat implemented as many as 22 water conservation projects, Chemmanad panchayat executed 21 water conservation schemes.
The M.N. Memorial Reading Room has been chosen for the `Jala Samrakshana' award, instituted for excellence in the implementation of water conservation and water recharging works in the district. The club members played the role of a catalyst in water conservation and recharging programmes such as digging of rain pits and construction of bunds and check-dams.
The awards will be presented by Chief Secretary Palat Mohandas at a function on July 14.
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