ANMF members express concern over poor performance of water conservation schemes

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 May 2018 10:26:38


Staff Reporter

Expressing concern on deepening water crises in the Jabalpur and adjoining districts a delegation of Aam Nagrik Mitra Foundation (ANMF) meet Collector Chhavi Bharadwaj, on Tuesday. Delegation also handed over a memorandum addressed to Collector addressed to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. In the memorandum ANMF have expressed concern over water crises deepening in Jabalpur and adjoining districts. In the memorandum the members of ANMF have expressed concern on poor performance of water conservation schemes initiated by the State Government in past 15 years. As they could not perform and give desired results. In year 2001 the Rajive Gandhi Watershed Mission Scheme was initiated, but watershed could be done in only selected areas. Due to which it is lying out of order.

After this the Pani Bachao Abhiyaan initiated in the State and in all the districts of the state, extensive publicity was done. But is again under performer. In order to delegated powers to Gram Panchayat for conservation of water in rural areas ‘Ek Panch Ek Talab’ scheme was initiated. In this scheme the Panchayats were given powers to develop water resources but was only misused by the panchayats.
Followed by Land Water Recharge Scheme was initiated in which artificial efforts were made to recharge the water level. But the scheme again met failure. In year 2016, in 33 districts of the State, Water Conservation Act imposed and decision taken to initiate action, but lacking proper execution planning caused failure of implementation in proper manner and the water crises is continued in the State.
Sharing the information the members of Aam Nagrik Mitra Foundation given a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Shivaraj Singh Chouhan through Collector Chhavi Bharadwaj appealing to call state-level meeting and to prepare work plan to cope up with water crises hovering in the State.
ANMF members apprised Collector Chhavi Bharadwaj that around one and half month is left in arrival of monsoon in the district. The monsoon strikes in Jabalpur district around last month of June. And in this way to protect public from water crises adequate steps are needed. Collector Chhavi Bharadwaj receiving the memorandum and discussion on situation of district related to availability of water, said under water conservation act the new handpump installation in the district is restricted. But due to unrestricted digging of tube wells, hand pumps the ground water level has fallen steep. She assured soon a meeting of concerned department officials and employees would be called and thereafter an inquiry would be set-up.
Delegation of ANMF comprises of Dr P G Najpandey, Rajat Bhargava, Anil Pachori, Manish Sharma, Dr M A Khan and Ram Milan Sharma.