India Signs MoU with Australia for Ground Water Conservation
Water Resources Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Social Justice & Empowerment Rattan Lal Kataria, the Australian High Commissioner to India Ms. Iven Mackay and the Secretary, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri U.P. Singh in a group photograph after signing an MoU between Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) and MARVI Partners of Australia in New Delhi on 22 November 22 2019.
MARVI or Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Village-level Intervention will aim at ground water replenishment training, education and research. Speaking on the occasion, Water Resources Minister Shekhawat mentioned how the ground water crisis is not country specific but is a global issue. “We have 65% dependency on ground water, and this is ever increasing,” he said.
A proposal to create a cadre of Jal Doot is also under consideration by the Government in order to promote water conservation and prevent any further over-exploitation of ground water resource.