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‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ in 255 Water-Stressed Districts From 1 July

The JSA will focus on rainwater harvesting & conservation across 255 districts identified as water-stressed regions.

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With several districts reeling under severe drought, the government is all set to launch the 'Jal Shakti Abhiyan' from 1 July. The project will focus on rainwater harvesting and conservation across 255 districts identified as water-stressed regions.

As many as 255 officers, including additional and joint secretaries, have been appointed as ‘central prabhari officers’ ie in-charge of the said districts in the country to plan ways to conserve the natural resource.

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Key Highlights

  • The JSA will run from 1 July to 15 September, and for selected states till November.
  • The programme aims at making water conservation and promotion of irrigation efficiency a 'jan andolan' through asset creation and communication campaigns.
  • The appointed officers will be working with a team of central government officers including the director or deputy secretary, ground water scientists and engineers, apart from state and district teams.
  • These teams will visit identified blocks and districts, and coordinate the implementation of various water harvesting and conservation measures.
  • Further, the teams will work towards water resource management and irrigation efficiency by focusing on accelerated implementation of select central programmes in seven intervention areas.
  • The officers will then submit their reports online on a designated portal and a secretariat is being set up at the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti.
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Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's impetus on 'Jal sanchay aur sinchan', the JSA is a time-bound and mission-mode water conservation and irrigation efficiency campaign for water security in rural India.

The move assumes significance as many parts of the country go dry, especially during summer or non-rainy season.

People in many parts of the country have no access to water whereas in other parts a large part of the population have limited access to it.

(With inputs from PTI)

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