With an hour to go before Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the Modi government 2.0's maiden budget in the Lok Sabha, sources have reported that up to Rs.10,000 crores is likely to be alloted to the newly created Jal Shakti Ministry, keeping in line with PM Modi's focus on water conservation and river-linking projects.
Earlier on Sunday, in PM Modi's second series of the radio programme "Mann Ki Baat", the Prime Minister expressed his concern about the water problem in the country and shared the importance of the new Jal Shakti Ministry. He urged the people to make water conservation a national movement.
This comes in the wake of major water crisis faced by many parts of the country, with the Centre recently issuing a drought advisory to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu, asking them to use water judiciously. Many districts in these states have been declared under severe drought as water levels in the dams and the groundwater levels have reached dangerously low as per reports.
On taking oath on May 30, PM Modi announced that a new ministry, Jal Shakti, had been introduced, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll promise of providing safe drinking water to people. Member of Parliament from Jodhpur, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who defeated Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot's son Vaibhav Gehlot, heads the Jal Shakti Ministry.