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Nationwide Jal Shakti Abhiyan to be launched today

The scheme is aimed at making water conservation and promotion of irrigation efficiency a mass movement through asset creation and communication campaigns.

Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will launch the scheme from New Delhi.

Over 250 officers, including Additional and Joint Secretaries, have been appointed as in-charge of water-stressed districts in the country to plan ways to conserve the natural resource.

They have been appointed as Central Prabhari Officers of 255 water-stressed districts for coordinating the Jal Shakti Abhiyan.

These teams will visit identified blocks and districts, and coordinate the implementation of various water harvesting and conservation measures.

In his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had yesterday called upon people to start a mass movement for water conservation and resolve to save every drop of water amidst water scarcity in several parts of the country.

Mr Modi said an awareness campaign should be started which should not only focus on water-related problems but also propagate ways to save water.

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