Karnataka Government has launched a major water conservation scheme titled ‘Jalamrutha’, which focusses on drought-proofing measures, including protection and rejuvenation of waterbodies
- The scheme is important as Karnataka which has the largest drought-prone land in the country next only to Rajasthan
- The scheme has been launched by Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department of the Karnataka Government
- ‘Jalamrutha’ will deploy scientific approaches to water budgeting, water harvesting and water conservation through the use of geospatial data, satellite imagery, topographical and geological data
- It will be a community driven movement, which will be implemented by key line departments of the government, Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private sector institutions .
- Water conservation strategy under this scheme comprises four components of water literacy, rejuvenation of waterbodies, creation of new waterbodies as well as development of watersheds and afforestation activities
- It will operate on a four-tier institutional structure with planning and execution committees being set up at village, taluk, district and State levels
The Government of Karnataka has decided to declare 2019 as the ‘Year of Water’ to emphasise the importance of water becoming a scarce commodity and the need to conserve it.
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