Manipur CM launches Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the rain campaign 2022

Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday launched ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch The Rain’ campaign 2022 at a programme held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The campaign aims for intensive water conservation measures in the identified water stressed blocks and districts across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, CM Biren Singh said the campaign would be taken up in all districts of the state with the theme “Catch the Rain, where it falls, when it falls” and the campaign would be implemented from March 29 till November 30, 2022.

Continuing that “our elders were more careful about rainwater harvesting and conserving water”, Singh stressed the need to set up rainwater harvesting methods in all government offices, schools and colleges. He continued that the harvested water could be stored and treated for use in the particular area.

The chief minister also said that water conservation is much related to the Green Manipur Mission of the state government and would help in maintenance of cleanliness in the state. Therefore, water conservation work and Green Manipur Mission should be taken up simultaneously, he added.

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Expressing dissatisfaction over large-scale deforestation for poppy plantation in hilly areas, Singh stated that the state government had started taking up measures for tree plantation to conserve forest areas.

The chief minister shared that the Water Resources Department would be the nodal department for carrying out the campaign. As a part of the campaign, Jal Shakti Kendras would be set up in all districts that would act as knowledge centres for disseminating information related to techniques for water conservation.

He further stated that special focus would be made in mapping of springs and springs shed and its rejuvenation and management. He also expressed the necessity for involvement of Sarpanches, Zila Parishads, Pradhans and ADC Members among others for successful implementation of the campaign.

The chief minister further stated that sensitization process at Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Sangathan and Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) on the campaign would be taken up on priority basis. Deputy Commissioners would proactively lead the campaign in their respective districts and progress of works and activities undertaken would be updated regularly, Singh added.

The CM has also sought support and involvement of civil society organisations and the public in the campaign so that rainwater harvesting and conservation processes could be taken up at the grassroots.  

MAHUD, RD & PR and education minister Yumnam Khemchand, PWD and Youth Affairs and Sports minister Govindas Konthoujam, Textiles, Commerce and Industry and Co-operation minister Nemcha Kipgen, Water Resources and Relief and Disaster Management minister Awangbow Newmai, Chief Secretary Rajesh Kumar and other senior state government officials attended the launch programme. A pledge on water conversation was also administered during the programme.

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