The Ministry of Rural Development launches the “Jaldoot” application to measure the water level in wells

September 27, 2022, New Delhi: The Ministry of Rural Development has developed “JALDOOT App” which will be used nationwide to capture the water level of selected wells in a village. Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Shri Giriraj Singh today launched ‘JALDOOT App’ at a reception in New Delhi.

The Jaldoot application will allow Gram Rojgar Sahayak (GRS) to measure the water level of selected wells twice a year (pre-monsoon and post-monsoon). In each village, an adequate number of measurement locations (2-3) should be selected. These will be representative of the groundwater level in that village.

The app will facilitate panchayats with solid data, which can be used for better work planning. Groundwater data could be used as part of the Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) and Mahatma Gandhi NREGA planning exercises. Furthermore, the data may also be used for different types of research and other purposes.

The country has taken many measures to improve water management in rural and urban areas, through the development of watersheds, reforestation, development and renovation of water bodies, rainwater harvesting, etc However, groundwater abstraction, as well as the use of surface water sources, has reached critical levels in many parts of the country, leading to significant depletion of water levels causing distress to the community, including farmers. Measuring and observing groundwater levels across the country has therefore become necessary.

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