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Eight states lag behind in achieving targets under Mission Amrit Sarovar

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NEW DELHI, Aug 19: Eight states are lagging behind in meeting objectives under Mission Amrit
Sarovar — a campaign to rejuvenate water bodies — even as the national target has been achieved,
the Union Ministry of Rural Development said in a statement on Saturday.
The states lagging behind in the mission’s implementation are West Bengal, Punjab, Telangana,
Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Bihar and Rajasthan, it said.
Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2022, Mission Amrit Sarovar aims to rejuvenate
at least 75 water bodies in every district. The target was to build 50,000 Amrit Sarovars by August
15. In May, the ministry announced that the national target was achieved ahead of schedule with
the completion of 50,071 Amrit Sarovars.
West Bengal, Punjab, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Bihar and Rajasthan, however, are
lagging behind in meeting the target of creating 75 Amrit Sarovars in each district, the statement
said.
“States have taken efforts to achieve the district-level target of 75 Amrit Sarovars in each district of
the states with the exception in case of West Bengal, Punjab, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu,
Haryana, Bihar and Rajasthan where some of the districts are yet to achieve the target,” it said.
According to the latest ministry data, of the 1,12,277 (1.12 lakh) Amrit Sarovars identified, work has
started on 81,425. A total 66,278 Amrit Sarovars have been constructed or rejuvenated.
The mission involves eight central ministries — rural development; panchayati raj; forest,
environment and climate change; railways and road transport and highways — and departments,
including land resources, drinking water and sanitation and water resources.
The mission works through the states and districts through refocusing of various schemes such as
the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the Fifteenth Finance
Commission Grants and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana sub-schemes such as Watershed
Development Component and Har Khet Ko Pani and the states’ own schemes. It also encourages
mobilisation of citizen and non-govt resources for supplementing these efforts. (PTI)

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