Rajasthan, one of the largest states in the country, covers 10% land of India. For 5% of the total population, the state only has 1% of country’s water resources. This is nowhere near adequate to fulfil even basic needs. World Bank report stated that due to climatic change, Rajasthan has the highest probability of drought. Since Independence, Rajasthan has faced drought in 61 out of 67 years. This was the face of desert state Rajasthan, until January 2016. Since the launch of largest water conservation project in the country – Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan has brushed aside its drought-affected image and is slowly becoming a water self-reliant state.
MJSA – Bringing a Change
For years, Rajasthan has faced an acute water crisis. 19 out of total 33 districts remain parched for years, relying on government water supply, tankers to quench their thirst. However, the image has been drastically improved with the advent of Rajasthan’s pioneer long-term water conservation project – Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan or MJSA. The ambitious scheme, led by Hon’ble Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje aims to make all villages in Rajasthan, water sustainable by conserving and harvesting rainwater.
MJSA – Progress is Visible
Since its launch in January 2016, MJSA has done some ground-breaking work to reduce the effects of water scarcity in Rajasthan. In Phase 1 (27 Jan 2016 to 30, June 2016) of the campaign, one lakh water harvesting structures were constructed in 3,529 villages and 28 lakh saplings were planted in the state. This benefited 41 lakh people and 45 lakh livestock, rescuing them from being depended on water tankers for their water consumption. For the Phase 2 (9, December 2016) 4200 villages in 66 cities have been selected by geo-tagging, drone cameras and way-point scientific technique. The MJSA project aims to cover more than 21 thousand villages in the state, making them water sufficient, by providing them with a permanent solution for water scarcity.
MJSA – Alerting the Community
Besides being technologically advanced, the Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan is also leading because of social support from the community. The campaign is a mass movement, wherein every citizen can contribute to it through labor or money. Standing true on “By the People & For the People” notion, Chief Minister’s Raje MJSA project is bringing change in the society & their outlook towards the importance of water and its conservation. The MJSA initiative led by Government of Rajasthan, under the leadership of CM Raje, is bringing awareness to citizens & waking them to work together to change Rajasthan’s water destiny.