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Assam Minister Launches Jal Shala: Empowering Students as Jal Doots for Water Conservation


Assam Launches Jal Shala

Assam Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah inaugurated the first Jal Shala on May 19, marking the launch of the Jal Doot programme. The initiative aims to raise awareness about various water-related issues such as water conservation, WASH and water quality, water supply schemes, and community participation. The event was attended by MP Queen Ojha, MD JJM Kailash Karthik, DC Kamrup Keerti Jalli, OSD to CM Hemanta Choudhury, and other senior officials.


The Jal Shala initiative serves as a community-level volunteer system, empowering local communities to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of water supply schemes while educating them about sustainable practices. Over two lakh students will receive training as Jal Doots, who will act as change agents in their communities, promoting responsible water management.


Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah took to Twitter to express his enthusiasm about the initiative, stating that the Jal Doot programme aims to sensitize rural communities about the importance of safe drinking water and its management. He highlighted that the Jal Shala sessions will cover various topics, including water conservation, WASH and water quality, water supply schemes, and community participation. The programme aims to train more than two lakh students across the state through over seven thousand JalShala centers.


The students participating in the programme will play a crucial role in assessing the functionality and impact of water supply schemes. Additionally, they will engage in community interactions to understand the status of piped water supply schemes. The students will submit their reports to the state government as part of their educational projects. The initiative aligns with the centrally-sponsored flagship 'Jal Jeevan Mission' and aims to ensure the availability of pure drinking water in every household in Assam.


Jal Jeevan Mission, Assam has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the India National Resource Economics and Management (INREM) Foundation, under the National Jal Jeevan Mission (NJJM), Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation. This partnership will provide support and guidance for the successful implementation of the Jal Doot programme.


With the launch of Jal Shala and the engagement of students as Jal Doots, Assam takes a significant step towards promoting water conservation, community participation, and sustainable water management practices throughout the state.

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