Jal Shakti Abhiyan Launched

Jal shakti Abhiyan launched by Jal shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Jal shakti Abhiyan launched by Jal shakti Minister
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Introduction :-

With some parts of the country reporting water shortage, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Monday launched a conservation campaign "Jal Shakti Abhiyan" with an emphasis on 1592 stressed blocks in 256 districts.

'Jal Shakti Abhiyan' is that it will focus on five aspects -
  1. Water conservation and rainwater harvesting
  2. Renovation of traditional and other water bodies 
  3. Reuse of water and recharging of structures
  4. Watershed development
  5. Intensive afforestation 
About Campaign :-

The campaign will run through citizen participation during the monsoon (July 1-September 15). An additional phase II will run from October 1 to November 30 for states receiving the northeast retreating monsoons

The conservation efforts will be supplemented by initiatives like developing block and district water conservation plans and 'krishi vigyan kendra melas' to promote efficient water use for irrigation and better crop choices.

To increase awareness :-

Over the next two and a half months, the campaign will push to implement existing water conservation schemes and increase awareness in 256 water-stressed districts.

Per capita availability :-

India’s annual per capita water availability has dropped from 5,177 cubic metres in 1951 to just 1,545 cubic metres in 2011. Climate change has also made the country more vulnerable to water scarcity, whereas rainwater harvesting capacity is only 8%.

Most of the 1,592 blocks where the Jal Shakti Abhiyan is being implemented fall into the critical or over-exploited groundwater category, where groundwater is being withdrawn faster than it can be replenished.

Note :- However, there is no additional funding or specific targets for the campaign to achieve, according to Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Instead, the campaign is meant to “bring sensitivity on the subject, and give focussed approach,”.

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