Amid rising water crisis in several parts of the world including India, Mission Amrit Sarovar is creating history of sorts by achiving humongous success. It has completed more than 50 thousand Amrit Sarovar before the deadline. The mission is striving hard to conserve water for the future generations. With the concerted and coordinated efforts of district administration, Panchayat Raj officials, public representatives, panchayats, voluntary organizations, various institutions and public participation in states and union territories, about 1,05,243 sites have been identified as Amrit Sarovar by May 10, 2023. And work has already begun at 72,297 sites out of total identified ones. So far 50,071 Amrit Sarovar have been completed, which is a great achievement of the Ministry of Rural Development.
75 Amrit Sarovar in every district
The objective of this very ambitious mission is to develop at least 75 Amrit Sarovar in every district of the country during Amrit Mahotsav of Independence. Under this mission, a target was set to build 50 thousand Amrit Sarovar by August 15, 2023, which has been achieved ahead of schedule.
Conserve water for the future
Mission Amrit Sarovar was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th April, 2022 with a view to conserve water for the future. To achieve the resolution of rain water conservation and harvesting through Mission Amrit Sarovar, the Ministry of Rural Development under Government of India, acts as the nodal ministry.
Amrit Sarovars were getting extinct
The ministry is working in mission mode to achieve the goal in collaboration with various ministries. From renovating the Amrit Sarovars which have reached the verge of extinction to construction of new Amrit Sarovar, a detailed action plan was prepared. The target of 50 thousand Amrit Sarovar could be achieved ahead of time because of the efforts made through “whole of government” approach and “people participation” during all aspects of the mission.
The mission also aims to construct new Amrit Sarovars or renovate them in such a way that they become centre of local community activities. A user group is being formed for each Amrit Sarovar as there should be community ownership for their maintenance, so that their long-term conservation can be ensured. So far 59,282 user groups have joined Mission Amrit Sarovar for maintaining the Sarovar and generating their livelihood from it.
Mission turning into a mass movement
In achieving the target of 50 thousand Amrit Sarovar before the deadline, it is necessary to highlight the importance of public participation, which has converted this mission into a mass movement. So far, 1784 freedom fighters, 684 families of martyrs, 448 families of freedom fighters, 18173 senior members of panchayats and 56 Padma awardees have participated in the mission.