Jal Shakti Ministry Current Affairs - 2020

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India attends WATEC Conference in Israel

The Jal Shakti Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat represented India at the WATEC Conference that was held in Israel. The Water Technology and Environment Control (WATEC) conference helps to get updates on technologies related to water and environmental management. Several countries participated in the conference showcasing their revolutionary technologies and solutions.

Significance

Israel is considered as world hero in terms of water management. The country treats and reuses 80% of its sewage water for agriculture. Today Israel’s water demand outstrips its unconventional water resources. With drip irrigation and sea water desalination, the country has become a global leader in agriculture. Attending such conferences will help India learn technologies to conserve water and replicate.

Need

Today Agriculture sector consumes nearly 89% of water resources according to the “Dynamic Ground Water Resources” of India report. The report also says that saving 10% of water will increase water availability by 50 years. It is essential for India to act upon quickly as the groundwater resources are depleting at faster rate.

The water stressed states in India are Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab and Haryana.

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NMCG organized ‘Ganga Utsav’ in New Delhi

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) organized the ‘Ganga Utsav’ in Major Dhyanchand stadium in New Delhi to mark the 11th anniversary of Ganga being declared as national river. It was organized in coordination with Union Jal Shakti Ministry.

About Ganga Utsav

The event was organised in a bid to create awareness and gather public participation in efforts to clean River Ganga and its tributaries. It is celebrated every year on 4 November because Ganga was declared as the country’s national river on this day in 2008.

Such events play an important role in drawing public attention to the cause of Ganga and play a vital role in creating general awareness about keeping Ganga and its tributaries clean. Besides, it also showcases the efforts being put in by NMCG and Union ministry to maintain the ‘aviralta’ and purity of river Ganga.

Several students also participated in the event, where they learned methods to save the river and had an interactive session with Director-General of NMCG Rajiv Ranjan Mishra about conservation of river waters.

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