Union Jal Shakti Minister, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, yesterday launched Jal Shakti Abhiyan – a campaign for water conservation and water security. 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.
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. It may be recalled here that recently the Prime Minister had written to 2.3 lakh Sarpanches requesting them to conserve rainwater during the monsoon. During his Mann Ki Baat address on Sunday, the PM had given a clarion call to citizens to join hands for water conservation and create a people movement along the lines of the Swachh Bharat Mission, to save water and secure the future.
Jal Shakti Abhiyan is a collaborative effort of various Ministries of the Government of India and State Governments, being coordinated by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation. During this campaign teams of officers from the central government will visit and work with district administration in 1592 water stressed blocks in 256 districts, to ensure five important water conservation interventions. These will be water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies/tanks, reuse, bore well recharge structures, watershed development and intensive afforestation. These water conservation efforts will also be supplemented with special interventions including the development of Block and District Water Conservation Plans, promotion of efficient water use for irrigation and better choice of crops through Krishi Vigyan Kendras.