New Jal Shakti Ministry
The Ministry of New Jal Shakti Ministry is a ministry of the Government of India that was established in May 2019 as part of the second Modi ministry. The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation merged with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to establish this ministry. The establishment of this ministry demonstrates India’s commitment to addressing the country’s increasing water issues over the last few decades.
The ministry was established to clean up the Ganges River. They would also include any international or national conflicts involving inter-state water bodies and rivers shared by India and other bordering nations. The “Namami Gange” project has been initiated to clean the Ganga and its tributaries to give safe drinking water to the country’s people. The ministry has also developed specific social media initiatives to raise awareness of water conservation among the country’s inhabitants.
Objectives of New Jal Shakti Ministry
According to the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), the National Water Mission would “guarantee integrated water resource management, helping to save water, eliminate waste, and promote equal distribution both between and within states.” The Mission will take the requirements of the National Water Policy into consideration and provide a framework to optimise water usage by increasing water use efficiency by 20% through regulatory mechanisms with differential entitlements and pricing. In addition, it will seek to ensure that a significant portion of urban water needs is met through wastewater recycling, as well as that the water requirements of coastal cities with insufficient alternative sources of water are met through the adoption of new and appropriate technologies, such as low-temperature desalination technologies that allow for the use of ocean water.
The National Water Policy would be reviewed in collaboration with states to guarantee basin-level management methods to deal with unpredictability in rainfall and river flows caused by climate change. This will include improved above- and below-ground storage, rainfall harvesting, and fair and efficient management mechanisms. Furthermore, the Mission will strive to create new regulatory frameworks and proper rights and pricing. In addition, it will attempt to improve the effectiveness of current irrigation systems, including the rehabilitation of deteriorated systems, and extend irrigation where practicable, with a specific emphasis on increasing storage capacity.
FAQ’s – New Jal Shakti Ministry
✅ Who is Jal Shakti 2021’s Union Minister?
Union of Gajendra Singh Shekhawat Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti, stated that the Centre had granted Rs 9,800 crore to the North-eastern states under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), which will improve the living circumstances of crores of people in the region.
✅ Jal Shakti Abhiyan covers how many water-stressed districts?
256 administrative districts
The Government of India started Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) in 2019, a time-bound campaign with a mission style approach to enhance water availability, particularly groundwater conditions, in 256 districts throughout India.
✅ What actions have the government made to preserve water?
Rainwater collection, repair of traditional water bodies and tanks, reuse of water and recharge structures, watershed development, and intense afforestation are government water conservation initiatives.