#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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