This centre will start Jal Gram (Water Village) scheme next year. Announcing this here today Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti said that initially the scheme will be implemented as a pilot project. The Minister was speaking at the concluding session of the three day national conference Jal Mathan on issues for optimal use of water resources. Sushri Bharti said that the village with utmost water scarcity in every district will be indentified as Jal Gram. She said the assistance of other central Government Ministries and voluntary organizations will also be taken in the scheme. The Minister said later the scheme will be implemented in every district of the country. She said her Ministry will celebrate next as water conservation year and during this various programmes will be organized by her Ministry in every district of the country to create awareness about water conservation.
Referring to the Ganga conservation programme the Minister said a lot of money was spent in the past in haste which did not give desired result. She said “We will do something solid on this which will have long lasting result.”
The Minister assured the participants that her Ministry will seriously consider each and every issue raised during the conference and its suggestions. She said “After two years I will invite all of you here again and explain the steps taken by my Ministry on your suggestions.”
The Minister also released a booklet about Ganga Manthan, a national dialogue on Ganga Rejuvenation which was held on 7th July this year in New Delhi. The booklet contains various suggestions and conclusions of deliberation held during the dialogue.