There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
Mr. Asoke Basak is a retired IAS officer. He served the Government of Maharashtra in various capacities including as Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, Secretary of Water Conservation and EGS. He was also Chief Executive Officer of Bhir Zilla Parishad; Collector of Nasik and Nanded Districts and Commissioner, Dairy Development.
His diverse experience in various facets of development administration has proven to be of immense support to WOTR. He assumed the Chairmanship of WOTR in 2016 on the retirement of Father Hermann Bacher, Co-Founder and first Chairman of WOTR.
He holds 2 Master’s degrees, one each in Geology and Business Administration and a Diploma in Systems Management.