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Jal Shakti Abhiyan
The Jal Shakti Abhiyan is a campaign for waterconservation and water security in the country. It islaunched by the Union Jal Shakti Minister Shri Gajen-dra Singh Shekhawat & has begun from 1st July,2019.
The campaign will run through citizen participa-tion in two phases, firstly, during the monsoon sea-son, from 1st July, 2019 to 15th September, 2019 and then from 1st October, 2019 to 30th November, 2019 for states receiving the North East retreating mon-soons.
The focus of the campaign is on water stressed districts and blocks. The teams of officers from the central government will visit and work with district administration in 1592 water stressed blocks in 256 districts, to ensure five important water conservation interventions.
An important part of the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ is that it will focus on five aspects – water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharg-ing of structures, watershed development, and inten-sive afforestation.
Scientists and IITs will also be mobilised at the national level to support the teams. The govern-ment plans to run water conservation, similar to the Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan. There is a pressing need
to make it a mass movement on the lines of the cleanliness drive.
The government aims at providing drinking water to every household on priority and in a sustainable manner. For this water conservation interventions will be supplemented with special interventions in- cluding the development of block and district water conservation plans, promotion of efficient water use for irrigation. The Jal Shakti Abhiyan should bring positive change in people for water conservation.