Amid an ongoing water crisis and overpowering heat wave across India, the Centre is looking to kick-start the Jal Shakti Abhiyan in 255 affected districts from July 1
The government will start the Jal Shakti Abhiyan from July 1. Under the same, rainwater harvesting and water conservation methods will be intensified across 255 districts.
Conservation efforts will be spearheaded by 255 Joint or Additional Secretary-rank IAS officers. The officers will be from varied government departments like space or petroleum.
Districts that receive the south-west monsoon will witness the Jal Shakti Abhiyan between July 1 and September 15.
In states that receive the north-east monsoon, the campaign will be active between October 1 and November 30.
Apart from rainwater harvesting, borewell recharge and efficient conservation are also important aspects of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan.
The Centre’s goal for the Jal Shakti Abhiyan is to reviving 313 dying groundwater sources. Additionally, it aims at replenishing over 1800 overexploited groundwater blocks.
Furthermore, the campaign will be digitally monitored. Mobile apps and an online dashboard available at indiawater.gov.in will provide real time information about the campaign.
Jal Shakti Abhiyan will also establish detailed district and block-level conservation plans. An awareness campaign, promoted by public figures, will be launched across media platforms.
At the grassroot-level, Kisan Vigyan Kendras will organize melas to educate farmers on crop choices and sustainable irrigation techniques.