‘We Never Know the Worth of Water, Till the Well is Dry’ Thomas Fuller beautifully described the prominence of water & grave effects of scarcity. The issue of water scarcity in world was first raised in year 1992s UN General Assembly. Since then, 25 years have gone by, & the situation has been depreciating every year. Statistics reveal that about 330 million people in India suffer from regular water shortage. That makes almost quarter of the total Indian pollution, quench their thirst. Water scarcity is no more a problem of the future; it is affecting our lives today.
Rajasthan, considered as a dry, sun-parched desert state, is changing its fate, owing to the ambitious rain-water harvesting project Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan or ‘MJSA’. MJSA, brainchild of hon’ble Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is aiming to curb water shortage & reduce water scarcity in Rajasthan by effective water harvesting. A revolutionary project launched in 2016, have been a godsend for this deserted land. In just two years, MJSA has covered 7,740 villages, making them self-reliant.
What is MJSA?
Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan or MJSA is Government of Rajasthan’s flagship scheme to provide long term solution to the everlasting problem of water scarcity. Under the ambitious scheme, infrastructure is created in the adopted village to conserve & harvest rain water, making villages self-reliant during drought periods. A hydrological unit based on the Four Waters Concept is constructed in the village to harvest & store rain water. The stored water later serves the purpose of clean drinking water, and for other domestic & irrigation purposes.
The programme is designed in such a way, that planning & execution to funding of the project is done through participatory basis from the village community. Financial & physical help from the citizens have made MJSA a colossal success in a short while.
What MJSA has achieved?
The groundbreaking MJSA project has made a colossal difference in water scarcity scenario of Rajasthan. In the Phase 1, MJSA was successful to make 3529 villages self-reliant. 94,000 water reservoirs were constructed, with the total expense of 1,192 crores. The water reservoirs accumulated a massive 11, 1270 million cubic feet water that benefited 41 lakh people & 45 lakh animals in whole. Eyeing such tremendous success of first year, estimation in three years MJSA will cover total 21000 villages in Rajasthan, finding a permanent solution of water scarcity.
Join with MJSA?
The key idea behind the MJSA project lies in eradicating the root problem that is employing rural communities to work along with government to satisfy their own needs. Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan works on the concept of active community participation in water management. Hon’ble Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje & other prominent government officials donated their six months salary towards the project. Not only financial donation, but CM Raje & others have also participated in shramdaan at various villages, doing their part in construction of water reservoirs. Along with Government, private individuals belonging from all strata’s of society have contributed financially or by doing shramdaan in MJSA. If you wish to be a part of this revolutionary project & help resolve the biggest problem faced by your fellow citizen, then join hands with MJSA & donate for the cause. To donate, simply visit http://mjsa.water.rajasthan.gov.in & click on the donate option. You can either donate anonymously or create your account.
Great Things are Brought About and Burdens are Lightened Through the Efforts of Many Hands Anxiously Engaged in a Good Cause.