Mission Amrit sarovar

Context:

  • With a view to conserve water for the future, the Prime Minister launched a new Mission on Amrit Sarovar on 24th April 2022

What is the mission about?

  • The Mission is aimed at developing and rejuvenating 75 water bodies in each district of the country as a part of celebration of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.In total, it would lead to creation of 50,000 water bodies of a size of about an Acre or more.

About:

  • This mission was launched with a whole-of-government approach, involving six ministries and departments: the Department of Rural Development, the Department of Land Resources, the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the Department of Water Resources, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, and the Ministry of Forest, Environment, and Climate Changes.
  • Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Application and Geoinformatics (BISAG-N) has also been brought on board as a technical partner for the mission.
  • The Mission works through States and Districts, emphasising several initiatives such as the Mahatma Gandhi NREGS, XV Finance Commission Grants, PMKSY sub-schemes such as Watershed Development Component and Har Khet Ko Pani, as well as State-specific schemes.
  • It should also be noted that the Mission encourages citizens and non-governmental organisations to contribute to these efforts.
Other Aspects:
  • Mission Amrit Sarovar is scheduled to be completed by August 15, 2023. Around 50,000 Amrit Sarovars could be built in the country. Each Amrit Sarovar will cover around 1 acre and have a water storage capacity of 10,000 cubic metres.
  • The fundamental focus is on people’s participation in the Mission. At all stages, local liberation fighters, their families, Martyrs’ families, Padma Awardees, and inhabitants of the area where an Amrit Sarovar is to be built would be involved.
    Every 15th of August, a National Flag Raising Ceremony will be held at each Amrit Sarovar location.

SOURCE: THE HINDU.

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