Why in the news?
The Union government has directed the Ministry of Railways and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to use soil/silt excavated from Amrit Sarovar Mission ponds/tanks in all districts across the country for infrastructural projects.
What exactly is the Amrit Sarovar Mission?
The Amrit Sarovar Mission was begun on April 24, 2022, with the goal of conserving water for the future.
- As part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, the Mission aims to develop and revitalise 75 water bodies in each district in the country.
- It would result in the production of 50,000 water bodies the size of an acre or more.
- The Mission promotes the mobilisation of citizen and non-governmental resources to augment these efforts.
This mission was begun with a whole-government approach, involving six Ministries/Departments:
- Rural Development Department
- Land Resources Department Drinking Water and Sanitation Department
- Water Resources Department
- Panchayati Raj Ministry
- Forest, Environment, and Climate Change Ministry
- Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Application and Geo-informatics (BISAG-N) has been appointed as the Mission’s technical partner.
Refocusing on Numerous Schemes: The Mission operates through states and districts, refocusing on various schemes like as Mahatma Gandhi NREGS, XV Finance Commission Grants, PMKSY sub-schemes such as Watershed Development Component, Har Khet Ko Pani, as well as state-specific schemes.
- Mission Amrit Sarovar is scheduled to be completed on August 15, 2023.
- Around 50,000 Amrit Sarovars could be built in the country.
- Each of these Amrit Sarovars will cover around one acre and have a water capacity of 10,000 cubic metres.
- The primary point is people’s participation in the Mission.
- Local liberation fighters, their families, Martyrs’ families, Padma Awardees, and inhabitants of the area where an Amrit Sarovar is to be built would be involved at all stages.
- Every 15th of August, a National Flag hoisting ceremony will be held at each Amrit Sarovar location.
- Achievements: States/Districts have finalised 12,241 sites for the construction of Amrit Sarovars, with 4,856 Amrit Sarovars already under development.
What exactly is the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav?
- Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is a government of India programme to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence, as well as the beautiful history of its people, culture, and achievements.
- This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India, who have not only been instrumental in bringing India this far in its evolutionary journey, but also possess the power and potential to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
- The formal journey of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav began on March 12, 2021, beginning a 75-week countdown to our 75th anniversary of independence and will end a year later on August 15, 2023.