SUJALAM Campaign 2021: The Ministry of Jal Shakti recently began ‘SUJALAM’, a ‘100 days campaign.
- The launch of the SUJALAM campaign started on 25 August 2021 as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations and will continue to run for 100 days.
- The Jal Shakti began the SUJALAM campaign to create more Open Defecation Free (ODF) plus villages by undertaking wastewater management at the village level.
About the Campaign:
- The campaign will not only build the desired infrastructure like a soak pit for the management of greywater in villages but will also aid in the sustainable management of water bodies.
- As the disposal of wastewater and clogging of water bodies in the villages or on the outskirts of the villages remain one of the major problems so the campaign would help in the management of the wastewater which in turn would help to revive the water bodies.
- Furthermore, the campaign would boost the momentum of SBMG (Swachch Bharat Mission Grameen) phase II activities through community participation and will increase awareness about ODF-plus activities. Hence ensuring long-term maintenance and sustainability of built infrastructure
- The main aim of the SUJALAM’ Campaign is to achieve ODF Plus Status for villages across India in an accelerated manner in a short time.
- The focus area of this campaign is to ensure that all newly emerging Households in the village have access to toilets.
- The Campaign would help in the management of the wastewater and in turn, would help to revive the water bodies through the creation of 1 million Soak-pits and also other Greywater management activities.
What are the key activities that will be organized under the SUJALAM campaign?
- The key activities that will be organized in the villages under the SUJALAM campaign include:
- Organizing Community consultations, Khuli Baithaks, and Gram Sabha meetings to analyze the current situation
- Pass resolution to maintain ODF sustainability and achieve the needed number of soak pits to manage the grey water
- Develop a 100 days’ plan to undertake sustainability and soak pit construction-related activities
- Construct a requisite number of soak pits
- Retrofit toilets where needed through IEC and community mobilization and
- Ensure all newly emerging Households in the village have access to toilets.
About Jal Shakti Ministry:
- Ministry of Jal Shakti is a ministry under the Government of India (GoI).
- It was founded in May 2019 under the second Modi ministry.
- This was formed by merging of two ministries which are the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
- The ministry was formed with an aim not only to clean the river Ganges but also to encompass any international or national disputes between inter-state water bodies and the rivers which are shared by India along with other neighboring countries.
- Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is the Minister of Jal Shakti.