Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan: Maharahstra’s programme to make state drought-free by 2019
Maharashtra Government’s programme Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan that was launched with an aim to make Maharashtra a drought-free state by 2019 was in news in first week of July 2015. The Abhiyan came in news as Rajasthan government is planning to replicate the programme in the state.
To learn more about the programme, Rajasthan government has sent a delegation comprised of a minister and senior bureaucrats to Maharashtra. During the visit, the delegation will visit few sites where the project is underway, like villages in Latur and Osmanabad.
Jalyukta Abhiyan is an ambitious program of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that was launched in March 2015. It aims to make 5000 villages free of water scarcity every year and make Maharashtra a drought-free state by 2019. It involves active participation of the peoples from the villages.
Under the programme, rainwater will be harvested within the village boundaries, which may help in increasing ground water levels. It will also encourage micro-irrigation systems encouraged for proficient use of water.
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