Third National Water Awards

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The Third National Water Awards-2020 was recently announced by the Union Minister of Jal Shakti. Uttar Pradesh has been awarded the first prize in the Best State category, followed by Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. The Minister clearly stated that water is fundamental to life. The current water requirement of India is estimated to be around 1,100 billion cubic meters per year and the same has been projected to go up to 1,447 billion cubic meters by 2050. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and water as a resource is crucial to India.

India has only 4 % of world՚s renewable water resources with 18 % of the world population. The National Water Awards were instituted to recognize and encourage exemplary work along with efforts made by individuals, organizations, districts, states, etc. across the country in attaining the government՚s vision of a ‘Jal Samridh Bharat.’


  • According to the union minister, the surface water & ground water are integral parts of the water cycle.
  • Institution of a unified National Water Award was felt necessary with the objective of encouraging the stakeholders to adopt holistic approach towards water resources management in the country.
  • Institution of Water Award further strives to create awareness among the people about the significance of water along with attempts to motivate them towards adopting best water usage practices.
  • In 2018, the first National Water Award was launched by the Jal Shakti Ministry.
  • The National Water Awards have provided a good opportunity to start-ups.
  • The leading organizations could engage and deliberate with senior policymakers on ways to adopt water resources management practices in India.
  • The Ministry of Jal Shakti, the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is giving 57 awards to States, Organizations, Individuals etc. in 11 different categories to encourage and recognize individuals and organizations for doing exemplary work in the field of water resources management.
    • Best State
    • Best District
    • Best Village Panchayat
    • Best Urban Local Body
    • Best Media (Print & Electronic)
    • Best School
    • Best Industry
    • Best NGO
    • Best Water User Association
    • Best Industry for CSR Activity
    • Best Institution/RWA/Religious organization for Campus usage
  • In different categories the award winners would be given a citation, trophy, and cash prize.

Other Related Initiatives

Jal Kranti Abhiyan

Efforts are being made by the government to revolutionize villages and cities through block-level water conservation schemes.

National Water Mission

  • Objective of conservation of water, minimizing wastage thereby ensuring more equitable distribution both across and within states.
  • To increase the water, use efficiency by 20 % .

Atal Bhujal Yojana

  • It is a central sector scheme for sustainable management of groundwater with community participation and it worth ₹ 6,000 crore.
  • Implemented by the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Jal Shakti Abhiyan

  • Launched by the Ministry of Jal Shakti in 2019.
  • A campaign for water conservation and water security in the country.
  • This intervention would ensure water source sustainability in rural areas.
  • The water stressed districts and blocks are the focused areas.

Catch the Rain (National Water Mission)

  • Launched by the National Water Mission, Ministry of Jal Shakti in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) , Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls is the tagline.

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