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Manipur CM N Biren Singh launches statewide 'Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain' campaign

The campaign focuses on saving and conserving rain water under the theme "Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls" from March 29 to November 30, 2022 in every district of the state.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 30 Mar 2022, 6:33 am

(PHOTO: Twitter)
(PHOTO: Twitter)


Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday launched the statewide campaign Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain- 2022 for Manipur at the CM's Secretariat in Imphal.

The campaign aims for intensive water conservation measures in the identified water stressed blocks and districts across the country.

Taking to Twitter, the chief minister appealed to all offices, educational institutions and individuals to take up rainwater harvesting.

"Delighted to launch the state-wide campaign "Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain" at CM's Secretariat today. The Campaign focuses on saving and conserving rain water under the theme "Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls" in every district of Manipur," CM Biren tweeted.

"It is my earnest appeal to all offices, educational institutions and individuals to take up rainwater harvesting," CM Biren said in another tweet. 

Speaking on the occasion, CM Biren said that the campaign would be taken up in all districts of the state with the theme “Catch the Rain, where it falls, when it falls” and the campaign would be implemented from March 29 till November 30, 2022.

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"Our elders were more careful about rain water harvesting and conserving water," the chief minister said, while stressing on the need to set up rain water harvesting methods in all government offices, schools and colleges. The harvested water could be stored and treated for use in the particular area, he added.

The chief minister informed that the Water Resources Department would be the Nodal Department for carrying out the campaign. 

As a part of the campaign, Jal Shakti Kendras would be set up in all districts of the state and added that the kendras would act as knowledge centres for disseminating information related to techniques for water conservation. He further stated that special focus would be made in mapping of springs and springs shed and its rejuvenation and management. He also expressed the necessity for involvement of sarpanches, Zila Parishads, Pradhans and ADC members, among others for successful implementation of the campaign.

CM Biren also mentioned that water conservation is much related to the Green Manipur Mission of the state government and would help in maintenance of cleanliness in the state. Therefore, water conservation work and Green Manipur Mission should be taken up simultaneously, he added. 

Expressing dissatisfaction on large-scale deforestation for poppy plantation in hill areas, he stated that the state government had started taking up measures for tree plantation to conserve forest areas.

MAHUD, RD & PR and Education Minister Yumnam Khemchand, PWD and Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Govindas Konthoujam, Textiles, Commerce and Industry and Co-operation Minister Nemcha Kipgen, Water Resources and Relief and Disaster Management Minister Awangbow Newmai, Chief Secretary Rajesh Kumar and other high ranking officials of the state government attended the launching programme.

A pledge on water conversation was also administered during the programme.

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Meanwhile, the campaign was also formally launched in Thoubal district in a programme organised at the Counting Hall of deputy commissioner, Thoubal by district administration Thoubal with Water Resources, Jal Shakti Ministry as Nodal department. 

Chief guest of the function, deputy commissioner, Thoubal A Subhash Singh said, “Each and every individual should conserve water while it is available in plenty as we all face water scarcity during the off season.”

He urged the divisional forest officer to widely continue afforestation activity in the catchment area in order to increase rainfall. MGNREGS should also give emphasis towards water conservation like construction of ponds as there is gradual increase in water consumption in the district, he said.  

He also urged the heads of departments to construct rain water harvesting structures on the roof top of their respective office buildings as an effort to conserve water. He exhorted the students who attended the function to implement the idea of water conservation as a daily habit at their homes and also give awareness to their neighbours as well.

The programme was attended by ADM, Thoubal B Lokeshor; chief executive officer Zilla Parishad; district level officers of various departments and school students from  various parts of the district. 

Similar programmes of launching of Jal Shakti Abhiyan were also held at various Gram Panchayats of the district. 

(With inputs from Thoubal Correspondent)
 
 

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First published:29 Mar 2022, 8:29 am

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N Biren SinghJal Shakti AbhiyanCatch the RainRain water harvesting

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IMPHAL, Manipur

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