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    Initiatives for Rain Water Harvesting


    Ground Water Augmentation Award and National Water Award

    Ministry of Water Resources has instituted annual awards namely Ground Water Augmentation Awards (Bhoomijal Samvardhan Puraskar) and National Water Award, in the Year 2007.

    The awards aim to encourage the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) /Gram Panchayats/ Urban Local Bodies (for population up to 1 lakh)/Institutions/Corporate Sector and Individuals for adopting innovative practices of ground water augmentation by rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge, promoting water use efficiency, recycling & re-use of water and creating awareness through people's participation in the targeted areas resulting into the sustainability of ground water resources.

    There are 21 Ground Water Augmentation Awards (Bhoomijal Samvardhan Puraskars) for all categories. Out of this 21, one is National Water Award given for best innovative practices of water conservation etc. consisting of a cash award of Rs. 10 lakh and a plaque with citation. For remaining 20 awards cash of Rs 1.00 Lakh and a plaque with citation is given.

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    National Congress on Ground Water

    As per the recommendation of the of the Advisory Council for Artificial Recharge to Ground Water, National Ground Water Congress was organized at New Delhi for the Ist time on 11th September 2007 with a view to provide a platform for interaction among scientists, engineers, planners, policy makers and representatives of industries/NGOs/VOs and Stakeholders on various aspects of ground water in order to evolve a suitable policy framework on emergent ground water related issues. Second National; Ground Water Congress was organized at New Delhi on 22.3.2010.

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    Advisory Council on Artificial Recharge of Ground Water

    Government of India has constituted Advisory Council on Artificial Recharge to Ground Water in the year 2006 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of Water Resources with the main objective of popularizing concept of artificial recharge among stakeholders as well as water managers. The Council is comprised of members from different concerned Central Ministries/ Departments, representatives of State Governments, Public Undertakings, Financial Institutions, representatives of Industries, subject experts/ Farmers/NGO’s. The Council has held four meetings in July 2006, September 2007, April 2010 and September, 2010. As per the recommendations of the Council, various actions taken/ initiated in MoWR are indicated below:

    • National Ground Water Congress was organized in September 2007 and March 2010.
    • Declaration of year 2007 as “Water Year”
    • Implementation of Farmers Participatory Action Research Programme (FPARP) in 25 States/ UTs of the country.
    • Institution of Ground Water Augmentation Awards and National Water Award to encourage NGOs/Gram Panchayats/ Urban Local Bodies / Institutions/ Corporate Sector and individuals.
    • Report on “More crop and income per drop of water” was prepared.
    • Ground water monitoring with Participatory approach involving PRI/Locals initiated.
    • Web enabled Ground Water Information System (GWIS) was made available for use of public on 22.03.2010, wherein downloading of last 5 years water level and water quality data of National Hydrograph Stations of CGWB is possible.
    • Report on “Ground Water Quality in Shallow Aquifers of India” compliled and released.

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