If the number of conservation measures undertaken are any indication, Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) launched on 1stJuly, has seen mind blowing reaction at the ground level. According to Union Cabinet Secretary, Pradeep Kumar Sinha, over 3.5 lakh water conservation measures in 256 districts were delivered within one month of JSA launch.
Sinha said, “JSA has definitely created a lot of buzz in the country, and it will do lot of good in the years to come. Our aim is to ensure the benefits reach the farmers at the ground-level.“ Out of total 3.5 lakh water conservation measures, 1.54 lakh are of water conservation and rain water harvesting measures, 20000 relate to the rejuvenation of traditional water bodies, over 65000 are reuse and recharge structures and 1.23 lakh are watershed development projects. An estimated 2.64 crore people have already participated in the Abhiyan making it a Jan Andolan. About 4.25 crore saplings were planted as a part of the efforts.
The JSA is a collaborative effort of various Ministries of the Centre and State Governments, and is primarily a Jal Sanchay campaign, which has gained phenomenal momentum in this past one month. The campaign is successfully running with the involvement of about 1300 officers of the central government joined by state and district officials who are required to take up 3 field visits.
Through this campaign the government aims at providing drinking water to every household on priority and in a sustainable manner. Through this campaign the government hopes to bring positive change in people for water conservation. The government will help people to work for rain water harvesting, maintenance and upkeep of ponds and village tanks and conservation of water.
The campaign will run through citizen participation during the monsoon season, from 1st July, 2019 to 15th September, 2019. An additional Phase 2 will be run from 1st October, 2019 to 30th November, 2019 for States receiving the North East retreating monsoons. The focus of the campaign will be on water stressed districts and blocks.