Jal Shakti Abhiyan is a campaign for water conservation and water security which was launched on 1st July 2019. The campaign ran through citizen participation during the monsoon season, from 1st July, 2019 to 15th September, 2019. An additional Phase 2 will be run from 1st October, 2019 to 30th November, 2019 for States receiving the North East retreating monsoons.
The focus of the campaign was on water stressed districts and blocks. The Scheme aims at providing drinking water to every household on priority and in a sustainable manner.
The Jal Shakti Abhiyan is a collaborative effort of various Ministries of the Government of India and State Governments, being coordinated by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
The teams of officers from the central government visited and worked with district administration in 1592 water stressed blocks in 256 districts, to ensure five important water conservation interventions. These were:
These water conservation efforts will also be supplemented with special interventions including the development of Block and District Water Conservation Plans, promotion of efficient water use for irrigation and better choice of crops through Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
A large-scale communications campaign has also been planned alongside the JSA involving mass mobilisation of different groups including school students, college students, swachhagrahis, Self Help Groups, Panchayati Raj Institution members, youth groups (NSS/NYKS/NCC), defence personnel, ex-servicemen and pensioners, among various others.
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