The Govt of India is launching Jal Shakti Abhiyan that aims to promote rainwater harvesting, water conservation and replenishing water bodies in the wake of severe water crisis faced by many parts of the country.
According to the govt officials, high-level teams have been constituted in 254 districts before the launch of this program and technical staff has been placed in 1539 blocks across the country to check the ground water levels, the state of aquifers and water bodies that have been encroached upon over the years.
India only conserves 8% of the rainfall that is lowest in the world. With only 4% of the world’s water resources and 16% of the global population, India’s water crisis is of huge magnitude. According to the paper released in 2018 by the Niti Ayog, India’s ground water in 21 cities is set to plunge to bare minimum levels by 2020.The real problems are irregular supply, widespread contamination and growing demand in the face of declining available resources. The Govt of India is likely to announce a major national water conservation policy soon. A separate high priority conservation program is also likely to implement in 226 identified water –stressed districts of the country.