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11 things to know about the Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Campaign of Rajasthan

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1)      MJSA or Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan is an ambitious campaign by Government of Rajasthan led by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje aims to make Rajasthan self-sustainable in water by conserving and harvesting rainwater. It envisions increasing Rajasthan’s area under irrigation and making villages self-sufficient in drinking water by adopting water budgeting through community participation.

2)      MJSA adopted similar pattern like done by the Maharashtra where 8 water scarce districts became water sufficient after adopting this model.  

3)      This ambitious state-wide campaign for water conservation was officially initiated at village Gardan Kheri in Jhalawar district of Rajasthan.

4)      Under the campaign, camps would be organized at around 3,563 villages across the state to develop watershed structures in the first phase with an aim to cover more than 21,000 villages and make them self-reliant in water.

5)      7 lakh water conservation structures are to come up in four years under MJSA, including one lakh by June 30 this year. 

6)      MJSA works upon Four Waters Concept. It revolves around the harvesting of available runoff (rainwater, ground water, underground water & in situ soil moisture) in rural areas by treatment of catchment, proper utilization of available water harvesting structures, renovation of the non-functional water harvesting structures & creation of new water harvesting structures. It uses low-cost technology, which is a practical deal for the regime to increase groundwater recharge by four times and proffers thrice the benefit than other any other conventional mode.

7)      MJSA is utilizing the concept of Water Budgeting. A unique concept of water budgeting is being introduced in Gram Sabhas where after determination of usage of water (for drinking, irrigation, livestock & for other commercial purposes) and a water budget will be prepared to conserve water available from various resources and accordingly, works will be identified and approved for the preparation of action plan of the mission. 

8)      Special bank account and crowd funding collection system have been developed for collections of funds from the donors for the campaign. Rajasthan Government created an online crowd funding portal where donations to the campaign will be accepted. One can ‘adopt’ (select) a village or a lake in Rajasthan and contribute for the same. For more details, visit - http://water.rajasthan.gov.in/mjsa/

9)      Over Rs. 7 Crores of contribution were done by the people in Jhalawar within few hours of MJSA’s inauguration.

10)    Up till now, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has given more than Rs. 60 lakh for the ‘Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan’ till now in order to help the state in time of water crisis.

11)   The Centre has sanctioned additional funds worth over Rs 1,345 crores to tackle the drought and water scarcity situation in Rajasthan, announced at a recent review meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting ended with a resolve on the part of the Centre and state to work together.