Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has said that the first phase of Mukhyamantri Jal Swavalaban Abhiyan (MJSA) was applauded across the country and it created an interest the world over. Calling upon the people of Rajasthan to participate in the campaign against water scarcity, she said that the state already had a tradition of conserving water and they should come forward to make this place self-reliant in availability and use of water.
Smt. Raje was addressing the gatherings on the occasion of launch of second phase of MJSA at villages Devari in Jhalawar and Tulsan in Baran district on Friday. She said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi appreciated this campaign and several other states wished to start such projects in their respective regions. Not only the Abhiyan received applauds during the BRICS Summit, the countries like South Africa, Australia, Namibia had shown interest to start this as a model campaign in their countries, she added.
The CM said that in the first phase of MJSA, population in 3,529 villages were benefited by this as about one lakh structures were constructed across all districts and over 28 lakh saplings were planted around these. Growth of these plants was being monitored with geotags and one person was being employed for safety of every 150 plants, she said. In the second phase, she said that 4200 villages and 66 cities or towns would be covered for developing, creating and strengthening water bodies.
On the launch of first phase of MJSA, Smt. Raje herself did shramdan (volunteered for work) at a water structure site in Jhalawar’s Gardankhedi village and also called upon the local people, institutions and bhamashahs (donors) to offer monetary support to the campaign. On Friday again, she held spade and platter for shramdam at both the worksites and removed soil. Also, on her call for donations, offers worth 23 crore 17 lakh rupees were received within 17 minutes. In Baran, monetary support of about 7 crore rupees poured in for the project.
The Chief Minister said that this revolutionary campaign aimed at making every village area self-reliant on water. She said that after completion of MJSA in all 21 thousand villages, water-table in about 250 water blocks, out of 295 blocks of Rajasthan, would enter into safe category instead of ‘dark zone’. She said that of total water structures created in the first phase, 95 percent received good amount of water. In certain regions, underground water-level had increased by upto 15 feet, she added.
During these events, Transport Minister Shri Younus Khan, Agriculture Minister Shri Prabhulal Saini, Member of Parliament Shri Dushyant Singh, several Members of the State Assembly, Chairperson of Rajasthan River Basin Authority Shri Sriram Vedire, public representatives, administrative officials and dignitaries were also present.