World Water Day 2021: PM Modi Launches ‘Catch The Rain’ Campaign, Calls For Water Conservation

World Water Day 2021: PM Modi Launches ‘Catch The Rain’ Campaign, Calls For Water Conservation

World Water Day 2021: At the launch of ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain’ campaign, PM Modi said it is our responsibility to provide water to our future generations
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World Water Day 2021 PM Modi Launches ‘Catch The Rain’ Campaign, Calls For Water ConservationWorld Water Day 2021: Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain campaign will be implemented across the country from March 22 to November 30
Highlights
  • World Water Day is celebrated to create awareness about water conservation
  • The theme for World Water Day 2021 is ‘valuing water’
  • PM Modi called to value water and conserve rainwater

New Delhi: On the occasion of World Water Day on Monday (March 22), Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain’ campaign via video conferencing. The Jal Shakti Abhiyan is the flagship water conservation campaign under the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Under the water conservation campaign, the government launched another programme with a theme, ‘catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls’. It is intended to nudge all stakeholders to create rainwater harvesting structures suitable to the climatic conditions and subsoil strata, to ensure proper storage of rainwater, states the official statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.

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The campaign will be undertaken across the country, in both rural and urban areas, and will be implemented from March 22 to November 30 – the pre-monsoon and monsoon period in the country. It will be launched as a Jan Andolan to take water conservation at the grass-root level through people’s participation.

After the virtual launch of the campaign, PM Modi interacted with Sarpanches (head of a village) and former Sarpanches who have done exemplary work in water management so as to learn from their experiences and implement best practices. Sharing her experience of working in the field of water management and ensuring adequate water supply in her village, Vidya Ben from Narmada District, Gujarat, said,

I am holding the position of Sarpanch since 2016 and I have seen our village face a severe water crisis, especially during summers. We had only one hand pump and everyone would have to walk to that hand pump to fetch water and stand in the queue for hours. To resolve the issue, under the ‘Nal Se Jal’ programme, 415 tap connections have been provided. We have also created a pond to collect rainwater and recharge nearby wells.

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Following the interaction with Sarpanches, PM Modi addressed the panel and stressed the importance of water not only in households or for agriculture, but the economy as well. He said,

Today, when we are trying for rapid development, it is not possible without water security, without effective water management. The vision of India’s development, the vision of India’s self-reliance, is dependent on our water sources and water connectivity.

PM Modi said that our forefathers have given us water resources and it is our responsibility to provide water to our future generations. Thus, we must take a pledge to save water and not waste it. We have to ensure a pious bond with water, he added.

Stressing on rainwater harvesting, PM Modi said,

The better India manages rainwater, the lesser will be the country’s dependence on groundwater. Therefore, it is important to run campaigns like ‘Catch the Rain’ and make them successful. Monsoon is still a few weeks away and now is the time to prepare for rainwater harvesting.

Also Read: WASH Warrior: Thanks To NGO Himmotthan, 1,000 Villages In Uttarakhand Have Clean Drinking Water And Sanitation Facilities

PM Modi said rainwater harvesting is no rocket science; the preparations do not require architects’ guidance, villagers are self-sufficient, all they need is a driving force.

Further talking about the success of Jal Jeevan Mission, PM Modi said,

Just one and a half years ago, out of 19 crore rural families in our country, only three and a half crore families used to get water from the tap. I am happy that after the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission, about four crore new families have got tap connection in such a short time.

While signing off, PM Modi reiterated the need to conserve water and called to make Jal Shakti Abhiyan successful. He said, just like you prepare to welcome guests, prepare for the rain. He said,

Just the way it is important to save water, it is also pivotal to make judicious use of water.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

17,91,56,496Cases
5,81,68,051Active
11,71,06,212Recovered
38,82,233Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,91,56,496 and 38,82,233 have died; 5,81,68,051 are active cases and 11,71,06,212 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 3:45 am.

India

3,00,28,709 50,848Cases
6,43,19419,327Active
2,89,94,855 68,817Recovered
3,90,660 1,358Deaths
In India, there are 3,00,28,709 confirmed cases including 3,90,660 deaths. The number of active cases is 6,43,194 and 2,89,94,855 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,87,521 8,470

1,26,468 1,055

57,42,258 9,043

1,18,795 482

Kerala

28,29,460 12,617

1,00,881 746

27,16,284 11,730

12,295 141

Karnataka

28,15,029 3,709

1,18,615 4,541

26,62,250 8,111

34,164 139

Tamil Nadu

24,36,819 6,895

56,886 4,443

23,48,353 11,144

31,580 194

Andhra Pradesh

18,57,352 4,169

53,880 4,260

17,91,056 8,376

12,416 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,04,678 202

3,910 253

16,78,486 397

22,282 58

West Bengal

14,85,438 1,852

22,508 232

14,45,493 2,037

17,437 47

Delhi

14,32,778 397

1,918 78

14,05,927 467

24,933 8

Chhattisgarh

9,91,653 482

8,007 557

9,70,244 1,032

13,402 7

Rajasthan

9,51,393 137

2,388 303

9,40,101 437

8,904 3

Odisha

8,83,490 2,957

30,859 1,240

8,48,960 4,159

3,671 38

Gujarat

8,22,620 135

5,159 480

8,07,424 612

10,037 3

Madhya Pradesh

7,89,415 65

1,707 273

7,78,902 318

8,806 20

Haryana

7,67,726 146

2,200 137

7,56,231 263

9,295 20

Bihar

7,20,207 268

2,811 206

7,07,833 468

9,563 6

Telangana

6,15,574 1,175

16,640 606

5,95,348 1,771

3,586 10

Punjab

5,93,063 405

5,968 509

5,71,207 880

15,888 34

Assam

4,88,179 2,869

32,975 350

4,50,924 2,482

4,280 37

Jharkhand

3,44,775 110

1,417 72

3,38,256 180

5,102 2

Uttarakhand

3,38,978 171

2,896 68

3,29,030 231

7,052 8

Jammu And Kashmir

3,12,584 428

7,181 578

3,01,134 999

4,269 7

Himachal Pradesh

2,00,791 188

2,276 132

1,95,062 315

3,453 5

Goa

1,64,957 303

2,920 146

1,59,029 438

3,008 11

Puducherry

1,15,364 284

3,214 150

1,10,423 433

1,727 1

Manipur

64,993 575

9,214 84

54,714 649

1,065 10

Tripura

63,140 395

3,747 163

58,735 554

658 4

Chandigarh

61,467 23

278 33

60,383 56

806

Meghalaya

45,976 421

4,273 77

40,915 341

788 3

Arunachal Pradesh

33,664 289

2,548 9

30,956 279

160 1

Nagaland

24,438 64

1,757 87

22,204 149

477 2

Ladakh

19,871 33

360 5

19,309 38

202

Sikkim

19,458 137

2,430 18

16,732 152

296 3

Mizoram

18,409 430

4,424 197

13,900 233

85

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,520 4

61 1

10,455 3

4

Lakshadweep

9,504 33

315 4

9,142 36

47 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,425 10

103 6

7,195 4

127

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