Maharashtra government, in a serious bid to promote water literacy, will set up an apex centre at Pune and three divisional centres at Chandrapur, Aurangabad and Amravati. The government has taken the decision to promote water literacy for the use of water in a planned way in view of constraints on the availability due to irregular rainfall, rising population and increasing number of industries.
The government has issued a 15-page-long notification to put in place an administrative set-up to the level of villages with the appointment of Jalnayak, Jalpremi, Jaldoot, Jalsevak, serving and retired government employees and representatives of non-government organisations. The government plans to implement water literacy as one of its missions.
The government’s move comes at a time when it has launched a comprehensive water conservation project for the acceleration of watershed planning, adoption of water-efficient technologies and better farming practices, development of market networks and value chains, and promotion of innovation and agri entrepreneurship.