Jaipur,Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje has called upon public representatives of all parties, officers, social organisations and people of Rajasthan to work collectively for the success of Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan. She asked to come forward and contribute for the harvesting and conservation of water keeping in view the depleting underground water level and insufficient surface water available in the state.
Smt. Raje was addressing the sensitization workshop organised for MPs, MLAs and other public respresentatives at the conference hall of Indira Gandhi Panchayati Raj Sansthan on Wednesday. The Chief Minister said Rajasthan covers 11% land in the country but has only 1% of total available water. The state has insufficient amount of surface water and to increase surface water and ground water level we have to conserve available water and harvest rain water, she said.
The Chief Minister said Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan is not a government programme, it is a public movement which require participation from MPs, MLAs and other public representatives from all parties, officers, social organizations, religous organizations & trusts, NGOs and people of Rajasthan. She said all of us have to work collectively for the success of the campaign so that people of the villages selected for the initial phase of the campaign can get benefit during the coming monsoon season.
Smt. Raje said water conservation activities will increase ground water level, dry water bodies would get water and water flow from one river basin to other river basin will make dry rivers alive. She said out of 16.05 cubic meter rain water 4 cubic meter water goes waste which is a matter of concern. She said along with water conservation and watershed activities the state government is willing to set up a drinking water grid to increase ground water level in the state.
The Chief Minister said Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has also noticed the efforts being made by the state government for water conservation through this campaign. She said a list should be prepared about the proposed visit of ministers-in-charge, MPs, MLAs and other public representatives in the villages during the campaign. She asked public representatives to meet people and make people aware about the water conservation to ascertain active participation of people during the campaign.
After the appeal made by the Chief Minister regarding contribution for the Mukyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan Union Ministers from Rajasthan, members of council of ministers of Rajasthan, MPs, MLAs, Mayors, Jila Pramukhs, Chairmans of various Boards and Commissions, other public representatives, members of IAS & RAS Associations, other officers and engineers of PHED & Watershed departments made announcement for their contribution.
In the beginning of the workshop Chairman of Rajasthan River Basin Authority Shri Sriram Vedire gave detailed presentation about the outlines and objectives of the campaign. He said this campaign will also provide base for the Prime Minister Krishi Sinchai Yojana.
During the workshop Chairperson of of IEC Implementation Cell & Minister for Water Resources Dr. Ram Pratap, Chairperson of Public Representative Co-ordinnation Cell & Panchayati Raj Minister Shri Surendra Goyal, Chairperson of Religious Trust Co-ordination Cell and PHED Minister Smt. Kiran Maheshwari, Chairperson of Social Group Co-ordination Cell and Medical & Health Minister Shri Rajendra Rathore, Chairperson of Corporate Co-ordination Cell and Industry Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Khimsar, Chairperson of NGO Co-ordination Cell and Social Justice Minister Shri Arun Chaturvedi, Chairperson of Forest Co-ordination Cell and Agriculture Minister Shri Prabhu Lal Saini gave presentation about the efforts made by the concerned cell and progress of the preparations for the campaign.
Secretary, DoIT Shri Akhi Arora informed that an online system and a web application has been prepared to run activities of the campaign. He informed that Rajasthan will be given Golden Award at National Level for best works done for financial inclusion through Bhamashah Yojana. During the open session public respresentatives gave useful suggestions regarding watershed programme in villages.
Union Ministers of State from Rajasthan, Members of Council of Ministers, MPs from Rajasthan, MLAs, Chairman of various Boards and Commissions, Jila Pramukhs, Pradhans, Chief Secretary, ACS, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries of various departments, Collectors and other government officers were also present during the workshop.