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  • Jal Shakti Abhiyan becomes a jan andolan. Second field visit review today

    The Cabinet Secretary, Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha, reviewed the work done so far under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA),and in particular the second field visit of the 1100 central government officers to the 256 most water stressed districts of India. He lauded the efforts and commitment of the officers in helping makethe Jal Shakti Abhiyan a people...

  • Minister of Jal Shakti chairs meeting of State Ministers for Jal Jeevan Mission

    Union Minister for Jal Shakti,ShriGajendra Singh Shekhawat,chaired aConference of State Ministers on Jal Jeevan Mission in New Delhi today. State Ministers in-charge of Drinking Water from 17 States; and Principal Secretaries/Secretaries attended theconference. The objective of the Conference was to discuss the implementation of the newly anno...

  • India’s Largest Rural Sanitation Survey Launched

    Jal Shakti Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched the Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019 (SSG 2019) in the capital today. To be instituted from August 14 to September 30, 2019, SSG 2019 will cover 17,450 villages in 698 districts across India and include 87,250 public places namely schools, anganwadi centers, public health centres, haat/b...

  • National Planning Workshop on ODF Plus and Water Conservation held in Delhi

    With over 5.6 lakh villages, 622 districts, and 30 States/UTs declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) in rural India underthe Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen),Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shaktiorganized a two-day National Planning Workshop on ODF Plus and Water Conservation from July 12-13,2019 in New Delhi. ...

  • Jal Shakti Abhiyan for Water Conservation Launched

    Union Jal Shakti Minister, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, today announced the commencement of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan - a campaign for water conservation and water security. The campaign will run through citizen participation during the monsoon season, from 1st July, 2019 to 15th September, 2019. An additional Phase 2 will be run from 1st Octob...

  • Minister Jal Shakti stresses need to make Water Conservation a Jan Andolan like Swachh Bharat

    Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, today stressed the need to launch a huge jan andolan for water conservation along lines of the Swachh Bharat Mission to address agricultural, industrial and domestic water issues.

  • Villages across India discuss PM’s letter on Water Conservation

    To promote water conservation across the country ahead of the monsoon season, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, recently wrote letters to all Sarpanches, urging them to undertake Rainwater Harvesting and Water Conservation activities in rural India. Gram Sabhas were convened across the country today and the Prime Minister’s letter was re...

  • Ministry of Jal Shakti holds meeting with all States for water conservation, rural drinking water supply and Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen)

    The Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, held a review meeting with all State Ministers and State Principal Secretaries for Water Resources, Drinking Water and Sanitation and PHED in New Delhi today. The focus of the meeting was to review the steps taken and action plans made by various States for the drinking water an...

  • Official response from MDWS to recent Reuters story about the Swachh Bharat Mission

    The Reuters news agency has, earlier today, published a story titled “Modi proclaims a cleaner India, but the reality may be more murky”. In this story, it has raised questions around the progress made under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), specifically the findings of the recent National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey 2018-19. The Nationa...

  • Independent Verification of Swachh Bharat Grameen confirms over 96% usage of toilets

    The National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS) 2018-19, conducted by an Independent Verification Agency (IVA) under the World Bank support project to the Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G), has found that 96.5% of the households in rural India who have access to a toilet use it. The NARSS also re-confirmed the Open Defecation Free (ODF...

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