National Water Awards Preside By Sh. Nitin Gadkari

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, National Water Awards, water conservation, Nitin Gadkari, Mavlankar Hall, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Dr. Satya Pal Singh, U.P. SinghAround 376 valid entries were received from all over the country. A total of 82 awards was given under 14 different categories.

Today, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation instituted National Water Awards to emphasize the importance of water resource management in India. The prime objective of these awards was to bring the best efforts being done in water conservation to a national stage from all across the country and to also encourage all stakeholders including i.e. district authorities, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Gram Panchayats, Urban Local Bodies, Water User Associations, Institutions, Corporate Sector, Individuals etc. to manage their water resources efficiently.

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari preside over the prize distribution ceremony of the National Water Awards 2018 on 25th February 2019. The event took place in Mavlankar Hall, Rafi Marg, New Delhi. Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal and Dr Satya Pal Singh, Ministers of State for Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Shri U.P. Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation also graced the occasion with their presence.

Around 376 valid entries were received from all over the country. A total of 82 awards was given under 14 different categories. Approximately more than 30 district collectors personally attended the ceremony to receive the awards. A special category for aspirational districts was added to promote water conservation efforts in these districts.

The prizes was distributed in 14 categories including the best states ,the best districts in six zones (with 3 sub-categories of best district in Groundwater Recharge, revival of river and creation of water bodies), best village panchayat, best municipal corporation, best research/innovation/adaptation of new technology for conservation, best mass awareness campaign, best TV show for promoting water conservation, best newspaper in Hindi/English/Regional language, best school, best institution for successful campus water usage, best RWA, best organization for religious/recreational & tourism water uses, best industry for industrial water conservation and best water regulatory authority. The prizes included a trophy and citation in all categories. The cash prizes of Rs. 2 lakh, Rs. 1.5 lakh and Rs. 1 lakh for Ist, IInd and IIIrd prize winners respectively will also be given in some categories.

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