The ambitious MukhyamantriJalSwavlambanAbhiyan (MJSA) programme in Rajasthan was extensively lauded by the National Green Tribunal, in its Regional Conference of Environment 2017.
The conference was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh from 29-30 July 2017.
Bhopal Declaration lauds MJSA
A declaration dated July 30, 2017, in Bhopal appreciated the massive efforts of the Rajasthan government towards making MJSA an unbelievable success.
The declaration said, “An appreciable initiative is the one undertaken by the Government of Rajasthan in the form of Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan, a massive climate change adaptation programme, aimed at making every village of the state self-reliant in water, by eliciting public participation (both in cash and kind), conversing the activities of nine different government departments and making the use of scientific tools in creating effective water conservation structures, rejuvenating traditional water bodies and undertaking plantation of trees around or near them.”
“Similar participation should be encouraged by the other states for protection and conservation of natural water bodies and creation of new water conservation structures,” the declaration said.
MJSA at a glance
MJSA, a flagship programme of Government of Rajasthan, is in its 2nd phase. In this phase, works amounting to Rs. 1800 crores are being carried out and 1.38 lac structures have been taken up. The 2nd phase, however, aims to cover more than 4200 villages.
Rehabilitation works of water harvesting structures in 66 towns (1393 works) have been integrated into the roadmap of MJSA II phase. Moreover, the state government has set a plantation target of 60 lac plants across the state.
Not only this, 3500 villages were endowed and equipped with over 95 thousand water harvesting structures at an unbelievable expenditure of Rs. 1300 crores.
MJSA Banswara attracts govt. funding
For the first time, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India has given its nod to funding MJSA pilot in Banswara in southern Rajasthan from the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change.
The state government is in talks with the Ministry to devise strategies for chalking out the roadmap for future MJSA phases. The funding will be provided from the Green Climate Fund.