Appeal to the Nation
by Hon'ble Prime Minister
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
On Water Conservation
sustains life. It is now our duty to sustain all sources of water
us make water conservation a National Mission
us collectively address the problem of water shortage, which is
every drop of water
solving the problem effectively, we need effective partnership between
- Every household, housing society,
colony, Panchayats and municipal body to:
Save water, harvest rainwater, optimize use to water through recycling.
farmer, farmers' cooperatives, Panchayats and District Administrations
in water-scarce area to:
- Take up conservation measures - construction of bunds, check-dams;
desilting of ponds and wells, and repairs of canals.
- Adopt drip, sprinkler and other water-saving irrigation techniques.
- Avail benefits of Union Government schemes - Swajaldhara, Hariyali
and similar schemes of State Governments.
industrial units, hotels, commercial establishments, Government
- To conduct water audit to make significant and targeted saving
measures to cleans up our polluted rivers, lakes and ponds.
to undertake development of low-cost water technologies as a major
awareness programme launched through:
Media Campaign on Water Conservation.
exhibits, Puppet Shows, Traditional media, Street Theatres , Jal
Yatras on the need for water conservation.
episode on "Water" through Doordarshan titled 'Bhumi'
on a weekly basis.
and Science Shows, Water Theme marches.
and Environment Awareness Programme through:
The National Green Corps (through 50,000 schools).
- Regional Resource Agencies of Ministry of Environment &
- State Councils of Science and Technology.
- Central Water Commission.
- Central Ground Water Board.
on "Water Conservation - Role of Civil Society".
Management and Artificial Recharge Training Programmes by Central
Ground Water Board for Engineers, Architects, Geologists, Government
Officials, Panchayat Samitis, and Water Users' Associations.
Seminar on "Water Conservation in Semi-Arid Zones",
Workshop on Drinking Water and Sanitation in collaboration with
Global Rain Water Harvesting Collective.
seminar in six regions on National River Conservation Programme.
recharge of ground water and roof-top rainwater harvesting training
programmes at heritage sites.
of Swajaldhara programme.
development programmes by Panchayati Raj Institutions under Hariyali
of water harvesting structures and toilets in schools around the
of traditional water systems across the nation.
and bathing ghats cleaning and slum cleaning in 18 States.
Quality Audit in at least four large States.
JULY AND AUGUST AS 'WATER MONTHS'
ORGANISE MASS-AWARENESS ACTIVITIES LIKE SEMINARS,
WORKSHOPS AND SHRAMDAANS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY IN
SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND WORK PLACES