The state of Rajasthan is progressing on every front. The state has found its strength in its arid climate, which it takes immense pride in. With the innovative government schemes such as MJSA, led by CM Raje, Rajasthan has bagged the first position in the field of water conservation, rehabilitation of water sources and increase in groundwater. NITI Aayog
Due to the construction of innovative water conservation structures built in the Chief Minister’s Jal Swavlamban campaign, there has been an increase in the irrigation capacity in the state by 81%, a report of the NITI Aayog Commission said. NITI Aayog
The report also stated that the virtue of Geo-tagging and drone should also be adopted by other states to swell the water levels. The report also lauded the speedy surveillance carried out by the campaign and the active participation of the common man in the campaign.
Sriram Vedire, chairperson of Rajasthan River Basin and Water Resources Planning Authority of Rajasthan government said, “Rajasthan has improved its ranking in the NITI Aayog’s composite water management index as a result of the restoration of surface water bodies and other works done under MJSA.
The desert state was ranked 13th in the country in the base year (financial year 2015-16) which was improved to 10th in the FY 2016-17. The improvisation in ranking is the highest across the country.”
Under the MJSA scheme, there were about 4 lakh water conservation structures which were constructed in MJSA. Not only this, there were 1.5 million plantations in last three years. What’s more?
The out of the box innovation and relentless efforts fo the government, public-inclusive format of the scheme and determination of the common man has resulted in an increase of about 5 feet in ground water level in 21 districts in the state. Additionally, water distribution from tankers has also reduced by 56 percent.
“12,000 villages have been covered with the programme in its three phases and the survey for the 4th year has started and additional 4000 villages will be covered with the programme by the end of this year.
Nearly 81 percent growth in agriculture potential was registered with the works carried out in the MJSA while 4 lakh structures constructed under the same program to conserve water. It resulted into 5 feet increase in ground water in 21 districts of the state,” he added.
The scheme led by CM Raje is evidently a product of ground breaking thinking, expert assistance and an unswerving attitude of the government and the public;
MJSA has proved to be a pre-eminent scheme for rehabilitation and upgradation of water sources, water storage area development, and participatory irrigation management. This has led to an impressive increase in the water levels in comparison to the fiscal year 2015-16 (Base Year) in Rajasthan.