CM Vasundhara Raje’s ambitious water-savvy scheme ‘MJSA’ is back in limelight. After the elaborate success of Jal Swavlamban in first quarter, the CM is set to implement the second phase of Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan in her home constituency Jhalawar. It’s noteworthy that in the first phase, Rajasthan government had accomplished 92,522 restorative works in 3,529 villages. Keeping the reformatory spirit of jal swavlamban alive, the government dedicated itself to MJSA phase II, starting from today. The second phase will target 4,200 villages in Rajasthan.
Here’s what happened in Jhalawar.
MJSA phase II Starts in Jhalawar Today
Summers are harsh in Jhalawar. Specific areas like Bhawanimani, Roshanbadi, Manoharthana etc. experienced acute water shortage in the past. Deteriorating condition of anicuts, local ponds and Johad imposed challenges in storing water. Fortunately, some areas receive good rainfall during the monsoons. Back in 2013, incessant rainfalls had caused floods in Jhalawar. Consequently, the government was determined to put extra rainwater accumulated during the monsoons to good use this time.
Local villagers extended a warm welcome to the CM by presenting her an ostentatious 1.5 tons floral garland.
CM Raje arrived in Jhalawar’s Devri village (Gram Panchayat Jhalrapatan) to lay down the foundation of MJSA phase II. It followed an elaborate ritual conducted by priests.
Rajasthan development authorities, led by the CM planned to expand the number of existing ponds and restore water reservoirs in the village. Efforts were made to dig deeper ponds. CM Raje actively participated in this movement.
CM Raje was the first person to dig the pond. This water reservoir will cover 475 hectares of land. Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) contributed Rs. 70 lakh for this cause.
People present on the occasion volunteered financial support for the noble cause. Total 23 crores, 17 lakh rupees were collected in just 17 minutes.
Raje directed the officials to put up LED display boards at Gram Pranchayat headquarters so that villagers can monitor various stages of development.
CM offered ‘Bhamashah certification’ and funds worth Rs. 5 crore to beneficiaries of various schemes.
Stressing on the importance of MJSA, she said it’s a powerful tool that would make Rajasthan independent in future. This epic movement had earned worldwide appreciation by the BRICS countries and the Central government. Addressing the public on this occasion, Rajasthan CM urged the public to carry this tradition ahead. In last phase, Rajasthan had planted around 28 lak ‘Geo-tagged trees’ in the first quarter. For every 150 trees, a caretaker has been appointed to maintain the green cover. Seeing the positive outcomes of phase I, Rajasthan government is hopeful that MJSA phase II will not just resolve water crisis, but also restore lost greenery, promote eco-tourism and create more employment opportunities in rural Rajasthan.