With different parts of the country facing water crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the people to conserve every drop of water and to make it a mass movement akin to the Swachh Bharat mission.
“There is no one way to conserve water. In different parts, different methods are adopted but the aim is to conserve every drop of water,” Modi said in his monthly radio bulletin Mann ki Baat.
He sought ideas from the people about water conservation.
“There cannot be one formula across the country to save water. Share knowledge of traditional methods of water conservation. Use #JanShakti4JalShakti to upload your content relating to water conservation.”
He appealed to everyone, including eminent people, to create awareness on water conservation. “If you know about individuals or NGOs working on water, do share details about them.” According to Modi, when united, “we can make impossible possible”. (IANS)
On the lines of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, the Central government on Monday launched ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ – a campaign for water conservation and water security, in the wake of an acute water crisis in the country.
Teams of officers from the Central government will visit and work with district administration in 1,592 water-stressed blocks in 256 districts to ensure five important water conservation interventions.
These interventions are water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development, and intensive afforestation.
Scientists, students, NGOs, Panchayati Raj members, and youth groups among others will be mobilised.
After launching the scheme, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said the government aims at providing drinking water to every household on priority and in a sustainable manner.
“It will help people to work for rain water harvesting, maintenance and upkeep of ponds and village tanks and conservation of water,” he told reporters.
Shekhawat asked people, NGOs, and youth organisations to actively participate in the scheme.
The campaign will run through citizen participation during the monsoon season from July 1 to September 15.