Govt urged to expand water saving plan in states where drought is prevalent

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Updated: June 20, 2020

Govt urged to expand water saving plan in states where drought is prevalent

NEW DELHI: India’s central and sjarvees.comtate governments today decided to adopt a Rs 1,000 crore water savings plan for water conservation from April to Nove바카라mber 2017 from all sources.While this move will save around 400 billion litres of water in 2017-18, which is expected to be equivalent to Rs 60,000 per capita, the central government, which has the task of implementing the water saving scheme, said water conservation should be a key focus of its fiscal strategy.The central government would be in charge of water saving for different purposes, including in planning its own fiscal plan and, with the help of partners, would also be able to target some of its initiatives such as water conservation for rural households and water conservation for industries and urban dwellers.The central government will begin work in the next two months on how to use the funds that will be saved in 2016-17, the finance ministry said.”There is a need to move forward with a strong action plan of water conservation,” an official said. “It has been decided that the central government will take the initiative on water saving and also take the initiatives to help water conservation from various states of the country. This will be helpful for planning and also, the implementation in the fiscal year 2019-2020,” the official said.Water saving is a key feature of the new water saving plan. In the fiscal year 2016-17, the central government spent Rs 6,531 crore in water conservation schemes. This year, the amount has been increased to Rs 10,917 crore as the government has planned to take steps to save Rs 58,906 crore.”Since this plan of Rs 1,000 crore for water savings is new, the water saving scheme has not been discussed with the states but it can be implemented once it is implemented with the support of partners,” said water minister Jitendra Singh.The new plan will have 바카라two phases. The first phase, from April 2017 to November 2017, will have a total of 80 days for using water and would focus on the conservation of rivers, lakes and streams. The second phase would start with the use of 40 days from January and would last till August 2017.The national programme for water saving will be the first to feature a total saving of Rs 8,000 crore which was earlier announced in 2015.The first phase of Rs 10,917 crore has been announced to enable state government to implement irrigation schemes and conservation programmes which include re-purposing and re-use of water.According to the new pla