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Drive to promote water conservation activities among school students launched

Union ministers Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday launched the Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha drive to promote water conservation activities among school students.

The Department of School Education and Literacy under the HRD Ministry has started the drive to promote water conservation activities among school students, so that they can become competent, conscientious and committed citizens of the nation.

The department has prepared a detailed outline to implement the programme in all the schools of the country.

The five major objectives of the programme are -- to educate students learn about conservation of water, to sensitise students about the impact of scarcity of water, to empower students to learn to protect the natural sources of water, to help every student to save at least one litre of water per day and to encourage students towards judicious use and minimum wastage of water at home and school level.

Pokhriyal and Shekhawat launched the drive at Kendriya Vidyalaya Number 2 at Delhi Cantonment.

They inaugurated Drip Irrigation System in the school campus.

The department has planned to connect more than 10 crore students with the programme, according to an official statement by the ministry.

HRD Minister Pokhriyal asked school students to take a pledge for saving one litre water every day.

"Ten crore students together can save 10 crore litres of water per day," he said.

Jal Shakti Minister Shekhawat expressed concern on water scarcity in the country and discussed various methods of water conservation.

Quoting the example of Israel, he explained how a small country with very limited sources of water generated innovative methods of water conservation and became a water exporting country.

The two ministers also launched a booklet titled, 'How I am going to save one litre water every day?' The booklet discusses those small efforts which can save a lot of water.