PM launches Atal Bhujal Yojana; says new India has to be prepared to tackle all water related problems
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that New India has to be prepared to deal with any situation of water crisis.
Speaking after launching Atal Bhujal Yojana in New Delhi today Mr Modi said, the water crisis not only affects citizens and families but also the nation and its development.
He said, the subject of water was very close to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpyee. He said, Atal Jal Yojana or the guidelines related to the Jal Jeevan Mission are big steps to deliver water to every household in the country by 2024.
The Prime Minister said, only three crore out of 18 crore rural households today have clean piped water and the Government has aimed to provide the remaining 15 crore rural households with piped water in the next five years.
He urged farmers to switch over to crops that use less water and exhorted people not to waste the precious natural resource in daily household needs.
Mr Modi also urged start-ups to come up with technology to ensure minimal use of water for various needs. He said, the Jal Shakti Ministry has brought water from compartmentalized approach and stressed on the comprehensive approach.
The Prime Minister said, during the monsoon this year, extensive efforts have been made for water conservation. He called upon people to make a water action plan in every village and create a water fund. Mr Modi said, there is a provision in the Atal Jal Yojana to provide more funds to those Gram Panchayats which will do best work for water.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said, Ground water resources were exploited but focus on its sustainability was missing. He said, Atal Bhujal Yojana will take care of it.
In his address, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat said, water management is the need of the hour as ground water in many blocks in the country is coming down. He stressed on the need for making water conservation as mass movement.
The Union Cabinet yesterday gave its approval for the implementation of the Atal Bhujal Yojana, a central sector scheme with a total outlay of six thousand crore rupees to be implemented over a period of five years.