New Delhi, March 23: On the occasion of World Water Day, the National Workshop on “Water for All” and “Swachh Bharat” was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Wednesday. Ministry of Water Resources launced Water App which will monitor the water supply schemes. The main purpose for the exhibition was to increase water conservation where water quality can be increased by states with the help of technology which plays a critical role in development.While speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Union Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that water and sanitation are priorities for the government. He said that it is critical to take regular stock of situation to realize the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. He further added that the Government is trying to leverage Mahatma Gandhi Nation Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREG) to ensure water is available in those areas where sources of ground water and surface water are less.
Tomar said that, a collaborative effort from all the ministries is needed, and a strategy should be jointly drawn out to focus on conjunctive use of ground water and surface water, recycling of water etc. He further added that the responsibilities of water management is to be shared by the States and Centre and the innovative ways of management and financing of drinking water schemes shout be sought.
According to Tomar Sanitation & Drinking water closely linked to each other. Specially focusing on water conservation and to reduce impact of water contamination they came up with the ‘Water App’. ‘Water App’ will enable government departments & citizens to keep track on the status of drinking water supply projects across India. ‘Water App’ is developed by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre. This App will cover over 16lakh rural habitations in the country. The Water App will strengthen the monitoring of water supply schemes in the country by providing users access to real time data about water supply schemes in their areas.