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National Water Awards- 3rd National Water Awards was announced by Jal Shakti Ministry

National Water Awards- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

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National Water Awards- Context

  • Recently, the Union Minister of Jal Shakti announced the 3rd National Water Awards-2020.
  • In the Best State category, Uttar Pradesh has been awarded first prize, followed by Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

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National Water Awards- Key Points

  • About: National Water Awards were instituted to recognize and encourage exemplary work and efforts made by States, Districts, individuals, organizations, etc. across the country in attaining the vision of a ‘Jal Samridh Bharat’.
  • Beginning: The first National Water Award was launched by the Jal Shakti Ministry in 2018. The second National Water Award was held in 2019.
  • Parent Ministry: The National Water awards are organized by the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti.
  • Award Categories: Ministry of Jal Shakti is giving 57 awards to States, Organizations, Individuals, etc. in 11 different categories-
    1. Best State,
    2. Best District,
    3. Best Village Panchayat,
    4. Best Urban Local Body,
    5. Best Media (Print & Electronic),
    6. Best School,
    7. Best Institution/RWA/Religious organization for Campus usage,
    8. Best Industry,
    9. Best NGO,
    10. Best Water User Association, and
    11. Best Industry for CSR Activity.
  • Award Prize: National Water Awards consist of a citation, trophy and cash prize.

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National Water Awards- Key Objectives

  • Recognition: National Water Awards to recognize the efforts of people/organizations working in this field throughout the country across various categories to cover the maximum area possible.
  • Promote Holistic and Participative Approach: National Water Awards encourages all stakeholders including the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Gram Panchayats, Urban Local Bodies, individuals, etc. for-
    • Adopting innovative practices of groundwater augmentation by rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge,
    • Promoting water use efficiency, recycling & re-use of water.
  • Awareness Generation: National Water Awards also aims to create awareness through people’s participation in the targeted areas resulting into-
    • The sustainability of groundwater resources development,
    • Adequate capacity building amongst the stakeholders etc.

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National Water Awards- Need for Water Conservation and Sustainable Use

  • Growing Water Needs: India’s current water requirement is estimated to be around 1,100 billion cubic meters per year, projected to go up to 1,447 billion cubic meters by 2050.
  • Limited Water Resources: While India has more than 18% of the world’s population, it has only 4% of the world’s renewable water resources.
  • Over-use and Climate Change: Over-use of India’s limited water resources along with reduced water supplies due to climate change is pushing India to a point of water scarcity.

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