Minutes of 5th Meeting of Executive Body of INC-IAH-2019-2021
Date of meeting: 05.09.2020
Time: 17.00 hrs
Venue/ Mode of Meeting :Through Video conferencing.
The fifth Executive Council meeting of the newly elected body 2019-21 of INC-IAH was held on
05.09.2020,17.00 hrs through video conferencing during COVID-19, lockdown period under the
chairmanship of Prof. D.C. Singhal, President INC-IAH in the presence of following:-
Members of the Executive Committee:
• Professor D.C. Singhal -President, INC- IAH
• Dr.Dipankar Saha – Secretary, INC- IAH
• Dr. Sudhanshu Shekhar – Treasurer, INC- IAH
• Dr. M. A. Farooqi- Executive Member, INC- IAH
• Shri M. K.Garg – – Executive Member, INC- IAH
• Shri Ranjan Sinha- Executive Member,INC- IAH.
• Dr. Anil Yadav- Executive Member, INC- IAH.
1. Dr D K Chadha, Ex Chairman CGWB
2. Sh Mahendra Mehta , Ex commissioner, MOWR RD and GR
3. Sh Sushil Gupta, Ex Chairman CGWB
4. Dr R C jain, Ex Chairman CGWB
5. Dr Shakeel Ahmed Ex Principal Scientist NGRI
The meeting started with the welcome of all the members present by the president. The agenda wise
discussions and decisions are as under:
Agenda-1: Confirmation of the minutes of 4
th meeting of the EC held on 16-07- 2020.
a) A point was raised by Dr. D.K.Chadha related to Agenda-3 (Approval for certain
expenditures incurred) of the earlier EC MOM held on 16-07-2020, wherein Dr. Chadha
suggested to circulate approved expenditure and for payment.
The approved expenditure for which the payment made are as follows:
Sl. No. Item Amount in INR
1. Payment to CA 8240
2 . National lecture series talk in Delhi 1800
3 . Web site domain charges for two years- 2019 and 2020 20087
4 . National lecture series talk in Kolkata 11800
5 . Payment for preparing the brochure of national seminar 5000
6 . Payment for formatting of papers of e-journal. 5000
7 . Payment for printing of copies of e-journal for inaugural
ceremony at CGWB, Faridabad
b) Since, no objection has been raised by any Members for any other points in the draft MOM of
EC held on 16-07-2020, so MOM is approved by EC.
Agenda-2: Discussion on the National Seminar to be organised at Jamia Milia Islamia
It was decided to organize one day National Seminar on ‘Resilience of Ground Water Resources’
th November 2020 at JamiaMillia Islamia Delhi in association with Dept of Civil Engineering
,Jamia Milia Islamia. The convener of the seminar Dr Shakeel Ahmad, was also present in the EC
meeting as special invitee.
The body was of the opinion of deferring the seminar, considering the prevailing COVID-19
Pandemic and it was decided to organize the seminar on 27th February 2021 . The seminar will be
held either through participation in person or through video-conferencing , depending upon the
pandemic situation at that time and Govt of India guidelines.
Dr Shakeel Ahmed was requested to draft a modified brochure for the event at the earliest for
circulation amongst all the members of INC-IAH.
Agenda-3 The issue of proper representation of groundwater specialists in different State
and Central Authorities/ tribunals/Committees and whether and how INC IAH can pursue
An interesting and lively discussion was held on the topic “The issue of proper representation of
groundwater specialists in different State and Central Authorities/ tribunals/Committees and whether
and how INC IAH can pursue this issue”.The Members Specially invited for this point are Dr.
D.K.Chadha, Ex- Chairman CGWB, Sh Mahendra Mehta , Ex Commissioner, MOWR RD and GR, Sh
Sushil Gupta, Ex Chairman CGWB, Dr R C jain, Ex Chairman CGWB, Prof L Elango and Dr Shakeel
Ahmed Ex Principal Scientist NGRI. Dr. Dipankar Saha, Secretary INC-IAH took active participation. It
was discussed that there is gross neglect of groundwater specialists in different Committees, Tribunals,
Authorities formed/being formed. The sorry situation of Ground Water Departments in various States and
various other related issues were also discussed. It was also deliberated on how the INC IAH can raise the
issue and protest at various levels. All participants put their considered views. After lots of deliberations,
it was decided that in the first phase, INC-IAH will prepare a short document and send a letter to the
Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti with a copy to Secretary Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt. of India. Also write
to Niti Ayog and PMO. Depending upon the response received, INC-IAH will opt for other options also.
Dr Saha was requested to do the needful. Agenda-4 Involvement of INC IAH in organizing a web based day
long seminar of water issues in partnership with other organizations in Delhi.
The executive body approved the idea suggested by Dr. Saha on Involvement of INC IAH in organizing a
web based day long seminar of water issues in partnership with Partners in Prosperity, a Delhi based think
tank NGO working on water and environment issues in Delhi. There will be no cost involvement for INC
IAH to be a partner in the Seminar.
Agenda-5 Any other item with permission of the Chair.
i. Inviting Nominations for Smt. Savitri Chadha and Shri. Haridas Saha award(s) for the year
2020 in discussion with Dr. D.K.Chadha.
In this regard the EC approved the nomination invitation process with the consent of Dr D.K.Chadha
ii. Posting of Blog in PM website or in PM’s MANN KI BAAT
The Executive body appreciated the idea suggested by Dr. Anil Yadav, Executive Member. The EC
entrusted and nominated Dr. Yadav to explore the various possibilities to post on various topics related
to ground water as Blog or in PM’s MANN KI BAAT.
iii. Introduction of best paper award under various categories- such as under: i) Ground water
hydrogeology, ii) groundwater geophysics, iii) groundwater chemistry and iii) groundwater
sociology& economics to motivate young scientists. In this regard the EC in principle agreed
to establish such awards, upon getting suitable sponsorship.
The meeting ended with thanks to the Chair.