Biren launches Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch The Rain campaign

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Tuesday launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch The Rain Campaign- 2022 for Manipur at a simple 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.

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 November 30, Biren said.

Continuing that the native elders were more careful about rain water harvesting and conserving water, he stressed the need to set up rain water 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.

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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.

Expressing dissatisfaction on large-scale deforestation for poppy plantation in hill areas, he said his government had started taking up measures for tree plantation to conserve forest areas, the chief minister said.

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. The kendras would act as knowledge centres for disseminating information related to techniques for water conservation, he added.

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“Special focus would be made in mapping of springs and springs shed and its rejuvenation and management,” Biren said.

He expressed the necessity for involvement of Sarpanches, Zila Parishads, Pradhans and ADC Members among others for successful implementation of the campaign.

The sensitisation process of 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, he said.

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He sought support and involvement of civil society organisations and the public in the campaign so that rain water harvesting and conservation processes could be taken up at the grassroots.

A pledge on water conversation was administered during the programme.

MAHUD, RD and 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 Dr Rajesh Kumar and other high ranking officials of the state government attended the launching programme among others.

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