Jal Shakti Yojna

Water Water everywhere not a drop to drink

The very famous verse of the poem “The Rime (sic) of the Ancient Mariner” suggests that the sailors live in the middle of the sea. 

Now, how close are we to be in the phase of ‘no water’?

Water crisis at global level is a serious threat to livelihood and various strategies are developed and used to deal with it. Experts assume that a time will come when the world as whole will face a situation of ZERO water.

But, every problem has a solution.

Iss samsya ka kya hal hai?

India with a huge population is also suffering a water crisis. To cope up with this problem India has come up with one mission: JAL JIVAN MISSION

For many years the Government has been trying to provide facilities of pure and clean water to unprivileged people. And all the efforts of government now has been directed to one single mission i.e. JAL JIVAN MISSION. PM Modi on 15 August, 2019 launched this mission for providing safe and adequate water to individual households through Functional Tap Connection(FHTC). The mission is to be accomplished by 2024 and it will result in ‘Har Ghar Jal’.

Jal Shakti Yojna

Water is a very precious resource for survival and the government of India has made it their priority to provide water to every being of the country. Jal Shakti yojna is time bound plan and operated in 2 phases.

Phase 1:

1st July 2019 to 15th September 2019.

In this phase all the states and union territories of India will receive government aid for the water crisis.

Phase 2:

1st October to 30th November 2019.

In this time period, the states and UTs which receive retreating monsoon like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, etc are the focus area.

The campaign involved officers, groundwater experts and scientists who worked with the government for the water stressed area of the country. The idea was water conservation and water resource management by focusing on accelerated implementation of five target interventions. The JSA aims at making water conservation a Jan Andolan through asset creation and extensive communication.

Area of Intervention

With the help of experts, the main areas for the government to intervene were decided. They were as follows:

  1. Water conservation and rainwater harvesting
  1. Renovation of traditional and other water bodies/tanks
  2. Reuse and recharge structures
  3. Watershed development
  4. Intensive afforestation

Special efforts

Along with other efforts some special areas were focused.

  1. Block and District Water Conservation Plan

Every block and district with water problems are to be dealt with and integrated with district irrigation plan.

  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra Mela

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Melas to promote efficient water use for irrigation (Per Drop More Crop), and better choice of crops for water conservation.

  • Urban Waste Water Reuse

In urban areas, plans/approvals with time bound targets to be developed for waste water reuse for industrial and agriculture purposes. Municipalities to pass by-laws for the separation of grey water and black water.

The government is all set for helping us. Now it is our duty to be supportive and lend them helping hand. Let us not forget that water cycle is equivalent to life cycle.

                                                                                      By-Dibhakshi Trivedi

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