The Ministry of Rural Development launches the JALDOOT application

The Ministry of Rural Development has developed a JALDOOT application. The app was launched by Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Kapil Moreshwar Patil and Ministers of State for Rural Development, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and Faggan Singh Kulaste on September 27, 2022 in New Delh.I.

Groundwater extraction, as well as the use of surface water sources, has reached critical levels in several parts of the country, leading to a significant drop in water levels. The action causes agony to the community, including the farmers. The measurement and observation of groundwater levels throughout the territory have therefore become essential.

Who participated in the JALDOOT app launch program?

Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Union Minister of State for Rural Development and Steel; Union State Minister for Rural Development, Consumption, Food and Public Distribution, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and Union State Minister for Panchayati Raj, Shri Kapil Moreshwar Patil, Secretary from the Department of Rural Development, Shri Nagendra Nath Sinha; Secretary, Land Resources Department, Shri Ajay Tirkey; Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Shri Sunil Kumar and senior officials of the Ministry. Representatives from all states/UTs joined the program via videoconference.

JALDOOT App: Meaning

  1. The app is launched to capture the water level of selected wells in a village across the country.
  2. The JALDOOT app will allow Gram Rojgar Sahyak to measure the water level of the well twice a year before the monsoon and after the monsoon.
  3. An adequate number of two or three measurement locations should be chosen as representative of the groundwater level in each village.
  4. The app will facilitate panchayats with solid information, which can be used later for better work planning.
  5. Groundwater data can be used as part of the Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) and Mahatma Gandhi NREGA planning exercises.
  6. This data may also be used for different types of research and other purposes.

What is the need for the JALDOOT application?

The country has taken several steps to improve water management in both rural and urban areas. Measures taken to manage water include watershed management, reforestation, development and renovation of water bodies, rainwater harvesting, etc. However, the groundwater level is still in a critical situation. So JALDOOT app will help to measure and observe water levels for better improvements.

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