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Union Ministry of Water Resources launched nationwide Jal Kranti Abhiyan from Jaipur

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Union Ministry of Water Resources launched nationwide Jal Kranti Abhiyan from Jaipur

Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejunivetion Uma Bharti on 5 June 2015 launched nationwide Jal Kranti Abhiyan (campaign) from Jaipur, Rajasthan.

The aim is to consolidate water conservation and management in the country through a holistic and integrated approach involving all stakeholders, making it a mass movement.

Objective of the campaign

• To strengthen grass root involvement of all stake holders including Panchyati raj institutions and local bodies in the water security and development schemes like participatory Irrigation Management (PIM).

• To encourage the adoption of traditional knowledge in water resource conservation and its management

• To utilize sector-level expertise from different levels in government, NGOs, citizen, etc

• Enhancing livelihood security through water security in rural areas

Strategies for implementation of campaign

On the broad level, the campaign envisages following strategies

• Use of modern techniques coupled with traditional wisdom for devising area/region specific innovative measures for increasing water security

• Revival of traditional knowledge and sources for water conservation and utilization

• Encouraging conjuctive use of surface and groundwater

• Rainwater harvesting for recharge to be made mandatory for residential, commercial and industrial buildings/premises

• Promotion social regulation for meeting the demand as well as for optimizing the use-efficiency of water for various purposed especially industry, agriculture and domestic

Activities under the campaign

• The scheme also provides for a Sujalam Card with the logo Water Saved, Water Produced. These cards will provide annual status and information about the quality of drinking water available for a Jal Gram, a village with acute water scarcity.

• Further, the campaign also provides for Jal Mitra, a cadre of local water professionals, which will be created by imparting them suitable training to create mass awareness about water scarcity.

• The campaign also envisages a Model Command Area (MCA) of about 1000 hectare in a State that shall be identified and selected from an ongoing irrigation project in the State. The selection of MCA will be done by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejunivetion in consultation with State Governments.

• It also envisages Dedicated Programme for construction of Arsenic Free Wells in selected areas and capacity building of the officers of the State Water Supply Agencies and other stakeholders particularly W.U.A’s and farmers.

• Tailor made awareness campaigns designed to address problems and suggest solutions to meet the requirements of each segment of the society under the continuing scheme of Information, Education and Communication.

On the pilot basis, the project will run in one water stressed village in each 672 districts of the country. Success of the campaign will be reviewed after one or one and a half year. The project will be implemented till the objective of solving water problems in every house and farm is achieved.

Union Government launched Khoya Paya web portal to exchange information on missing children

The Union Government on 2 June 2015 launched the Khoya Paya web portal, the first-of-its-kind citizen based website to exchange information on missing and found children.

It was jointly launched by Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister of Women & Child Development and Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Communication & Information Technology.

The web portal has been jointly developed by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).

Khoya Paya web portal will establish citizen to citizen contact and will allow India to take part in search for missing children.

The citizens can aid in missing children’s search by reporting the whereabouts of the children through text, photographs, videos and other means of transmitting and uploading information on the site. Through this portal, parents or families are also advised to inform about their missing child to the nearest police station.

Khoya Paya portal is different from another portal named Track Child run by Union Ministry of Home Affairs which has limitation as only police communicates with the police and citizens are nowhere involved.


The missing children are a cause of deep concern not only for the Government but also for the child protection institutions, society and above all for the parents. These children are vulnerable to the mental and physical assault which leads to mental trauma for these children.

Further, most of the missing children are trafficked for labour, for sexual exploitation, abducted, or kidnapped, or due to crimes against children which is prohibited by the Article 23 (1) of the Constitution.

As per the information provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), number of missing children is about 70000 every year. Total recovered children since January 2012 up to April 2015 is 73597 as per the data available on Track Child portal of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Union Ministry of Women and Child Development launched IAP HealthPhone programme

The Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on 2 June 2015 launched the IAP HealthPhone programme in New Delhi. The IAP HealthPhone programme is the world’s largest digital mass education programme for addressing the malnutrition in women and children.

This programme was developed by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) in partnership with the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, UNICEF and is supported by Vodafone India.

Highlights of the IAP HealthPhone programme

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