Dhankhar urges people to make water conservation an integral part of daily life
New Delhi, June 17, 2023
Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar today appealed to citizens to make conservation of water an integral aspect of their daily lives, so that the spirit of Jan Andolan can accelerate the cause of Jal Andolan.
During his address at the 4th National Water Awards at Vigyan Bhawan, the Vice-President also called for reinvigorating traditional water harvesting structures such as Johads (ponds) through a renewed commitment to the “3Rs of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.”
Congratulating the winners for their exemplary work in the field of water resources management, he called upon public representatives at the Panchayat, State and National levels to make water conservation a priority and lead by example.
Drawing attention to Constitutional provisions such as the Directive Principles of State Policy and the Fundamental Duties that emphasise the conservation of water and environment, the Vice-President highlighted the transformational impact that Government initiatives such as the Jal Jeevan Mission are having on the lives of ordinary citizens.
Noting that the conservation of water has always been an inalienable facet of India’s civilizational ethos, he said that it was the responsibility of every citizen to ensure the wise use of nature’s gifts. “Natural resources utilisation has to be as per our optimum necessity,” he stressed.
At the 4th National Water Awards Ceremony, which was inaugurated by the Vice-President through a symbolic Jal Kalash ceremony, 41 winners were felicitated across 11 categories.
He also inaugurated a short film featuring the animated character Piku, the mascot of the National Water Mission, to be telecast on Doordarshan to amplify the message of water conservation.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Ministers of State Prahlad Singh Patel and Bishweswar Tudu, Minister of State for Jal Shakti and senior officers from the Ministry of Jal Shakti were also present on the occasion.