29 Apr 2017
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), which is in the forefront in taking up rain water conservation programmes, had launched another novel programme called, Jal Hi Jeevan (Water is Life), in the erstwhile Karimnagar district.
Under this programme, the NABARD has decided to take up massive water rain harvesting structures and tap every drop of rainwater for the benefit of farming community and households. Accordingly, it has decided to take up such water harvesting structures in 600 villages, including 276 villages, where ground water is over exploited, and another 244 villages which are drought prone in the erstwhile Karimnagar district comprising -- Karimnagar, Rajanna-Sircilla, Peddapalli and Jagtial districts and also the mandals falling in Siddipet, Warangal and Bhupalapalli districts.
In these 600 villages, the NABARD had decided to take up massive save water campaign by involving volunteers of various NGOs and others and named them as ‘Jal Dhoots’. The volunteers would undertake awareness meetings with farmers, villagers, women SHG members and educate them about taking up water harvesting structures in their village, fields and houses.
The first training programme of NABARD for ‘Jal Dhoots’ was formally conducted in Karimnagar town on Friday. Telangana State Cooperative Apex Bank (TSCAB) chairman K Ravinder Rao, Collector Sarfaraz Ahmed, NABARD AGM Ravi Babu and DCCB CEO Satyanarayana Rao and others were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, TSCAB chairman said water is becoming a become precious commodity and called upon the people to save, conserve and harvest it for future generation. Expressing concern over exploitation of ground water, he called upon farmers and others to recharge the ground watertable by constructing water harvesting structures.
Meanwhile, Collector Sarfaraz Ahmed too assured release of funds under the NREGS programme to take up water harvesting structures in villages. He stressed on the need to recharge ground watertable as a movement.
NABARD AGM Ravi Babu said that Telangana is the only State in the country where 84% of cultivation is taken up through groundwater. He called upon the ‘Jal Dhoots’ to launch a rigorous campaign in villages by involving all sections of the society.