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Analysis Of Kurukshetra Magazine July 2022: ”Jal Shakti Abhiyan”

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Considering the stern need of awareness regarding water resource management, the theme of this July 2022 special issue of Kurukshetra is Water Resources.


Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Introduction

  • Building on the success of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan of 2019 and 2021 in generating awareness amongst the citizens of the country, this year ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch The Rain-2022’ (JSA: CTR-2022) campaign was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 22 March 2021, World Water Day.
  • This was a time-bound, mission-mode water conservation campaign. Beyond the numbers, the campaign created a strong environment for bringing together all stakeholders working on water recharge and management.
  • Many States did more than that was originally planned. Some states extended the campaign to all their districts, going beyond the water-stressed districts that were selected initially.


Jal Shakti Abhiyan: What is Catch The Rain Campaign?

  • National Water Mission’s (NWM) campaign “Catch The Rain” with the tagline “Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls” is to nudge the states and stakeholders to create appropriate Rain Water Harvesting Structures (RWHS) suitable to the climatic conditions and sub-soil strata before monsoon.


Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA)

  • The government of India launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) in 2019.
  • This was a time-bound, mission mode water conservation campaign, implemented in the July – November 2019 period in 1,592 blocks of 256 water-stressed districts of the country.
  • These blocks fell under the critical or over-exploited groundwater category, where the groundwater was being extracted faster than it could be replenished.
  • JSA was a collaborative effort of various ministries of the Government of India and state governments, coordinated by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti.


Jal Shakti Abhiyan: 5 Aspects Of JSA

  • Water conservation and rainwater harvesting.
  • Renovation of traditional and other water bodies.
  • Reuse of water and recharging of structures.
  • Watershed development, and
  • Intensive afforestation.


Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Amrit Sarovar

  • India is celebrating the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, marking 75 years of Independence.
  • It has been decided that, in order to commemorate this momentous occasion, 75 water bodies will be created or rejuvenated in every district. These will be called Amrit Sarovar.
  • The creation/rejuvenation of the Amrit Sarovars will be a special effort under JSA-CTR 2022.


Jal Shakti Abhiyan: CTR-2022

  • JSA: CTR-2022 is being taken up in all districts (rural as well as urban areas) of the country with the main theme Catch the Rain, where it falls when it falls.
  • The campaign is being implemented from 29 March 2022 to 30 November 2022 – the pre-monsoon and monsoon period in the country.
  • Under this campaign, activities are also undertaken under the following new interventions in campaign in addition to the activities considered under interventions of JSA: CTR-2021:
    • Spring Shed Development and Management
    • Wetland Development and Management
    • Catchment area protection and development


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