In her speech in Budget 2019 on Friday, Nirmala Sitharaman said the government would look forward to collecting rainwater and drainage to find a solution to the crippling water crisis in India.
New Delhi: Access to drinking water is a priority, said trade union minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her speech for the 2019 Union Budget, while the newly formed Ministry of Jal Shakti stated the purpose of & # 39; Har Ghar Jal & # 39; repeated under the Jal Jeevan mission by 2024.
Sitharaman said the government would look forward to collecting rainwater and drainage to find a solution to the crippling water crisis in India. "A total of 1,592 blocks have been identified that are overused in terms of groundwater, and the government will focus on these blocks," she said.
The Minister of Finance also announced additional resources from the Compensatory Forestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for the Jal Shakti Abhiyan. The use of CAMPA funds was a controversial issue and earlier in January, the Supreme Court ruled that funds worth about $ 54.5 million would be transferred to a new authority created by the Union government for use by both central as state greening activities.
The trade union minister also emphasized "local rainwater harvesting infrastructure, waste water management for resource sustainability" – an important concern highlighted by various reports and studies.
Earlier, Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat informed the Rajya Sabha that the government was striving to reduce the United Nations timetable for the supply of tap water to all households in the country from 2030 to 2024.
The minister also said that the emphasis is on improving the water level in the water-rich parts of the country and that steps are being taken to fill water by purifying waste water. "Until & # 39; Jal ka Andolan & # 39; changes to & # 39; Jan Andolan & # 39 ;, it will not improve, & # 39; he had told the House.
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