Karnataka Government has launched Jala Amrutha, a community-driven movement (scheme) for water conservation in the state. It will be major water conservation scheme that will focus on drought-proofing measures, including protection and rejuvenation of waterbodies. It will see convergence of government departments, Panchayat Raj Institutions, NGOs, academia, and corporate sector.
Jala Amrutha Scheme
- It aims to make people aware of importance of conserving water and prompt them to come up with ways to avoid wastage of water.
- State government has sanctioned grant of Rs 500 crore. Under it, state government aims to rejuvenate 14,000 waterbodies and building 12,000 check-dams in next two years.
- It will deploy scientific approaches to water budgeting, water harvesting and water conservation through use of geospatial data, satellite imagery, topographical and geological data.
- Water conservation strategy under it will comprises four components of water literacy, rejuvenation of waterbodies, creation of new waterbodies as well as development of watersheds and afforestation activities.
- Implementation: It will be implemented by Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department of State.
- It will operate on four-tier institutional structure with planning and execution committees being set up at village, taluk, district and State levels.
- State-level committee, headed by Chief Minister will be established for strategic monitoring, convergence, policy and programmatic guidance.
- This committee will design water conservation strategies for the State in consultation with all stakeholders.
2019: Year of Water
- State government has declared 2019 as the Year of Water. Karnataka has the largest swathe of drought-prone land in the country next only to Rajasthan.
- Throughout year various activities and campaigns related to water conservation, protection and rejuvenation of waterbodies will be undertaken by government departments, educational institutions and NGOs.