National Water Awards

National Water Awards (NWA) was instituted in the year 2018, by the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti. It recognises exemplary initiatives and works done in the field of efficient water resource management. The award is given under many categories and each for various zones in India.

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Facts about National Water Awards

  • The first such award was launched in the year 2018.
  • The Department of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation organises this award which works under the ambit of the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti.
  • The award is given to both individuals and organisations to acknowledge their works exemplary work in the sector of water resources management and encourage them too.
  • It’ll help the government achieve its vision of ‘Jal Samridh Bharat’.
  • The award also acts as a tool to inspire others to thrive for efficient water resources management and appreciates healthy competition.
  • It is given in 11 different categories, which are:
    • Best State
    • Best District
    • Best Village Panchayat
    • Best Urban Local Body
    • Best Media (Print & Electronic)
    • Best School
    • Best Institution/RWA/Religious Organisation for Campus usage
    • Best Industry
    • Best Non-Government Organisation (NGO)
    • Best Water User Association
    • Best Industry for Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) Activities.
  • A few of the aforementioned categories have sub-categories which are divided as per the geographical zones in India, such as:
    • East Zone
    • West Zone
    • North Zone
    • South Zone
    • North-East Zone
  • All winners of this award get a trophy, a citation, and some cash prize as well.

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Facts about Water Use and Requirements in India

  • India has only 4% of the world’s total renewable water resources to fulfil the needs of its population, which accounts for 18% of the world’s total population.
  • India has the largest share of agricultural land under groundwater irrigation. Yet a major portion of farms is monsoon dependent.
  • About 1,100 billion cubic meters per year is the currently estimated water requirement of India, which is estimated to skyrocket up to 1,447 billion cubic meters before the year 2050.
  • Flood irrigation is the most widely used mode of irrigation in India, which has disturbed the underground water table of India in the past several decades. The activity has also led to increased salination of topsoil, thereby increasing the water demand of the soil even more.
    • It is in this backdrop that initiatives like these are required to raise general awareness about efficient water resources management and stop the unnecessary exploitation of freshwater sources.

Winners of National Water Awards, 2020

Union Jal Shakti Ministry has recently announced the winners of the National Water Awards 2020. A total of 57 awards are to be given to different winners. The list of the winners in all the categories and for all zones is listed below:

S. No. Winner Category Category Rank
1 Uttar Pradesh Best State 1st
2 Rajasthan 2nd
3 Tamil Nadu 3rd
4 Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh Best District – North Zone 1st
5 Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab 2nd
6 Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala Best District – South Zone 1st
7 Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh 2nd
8 East Champaran, Bihar Best District – East Zone 1st
9 Godda, Jharkhand 2nd
10 Indore, Madhya Pradesh Best District – West Zone 1st
11 Vadodara, Gujarat 2nd

(Joint Winner)

12 Banswara, Rajasthan 2nd

(Joint Winner)

13 Goalpara, Assam Best District – North East Zone 1st
14 Siang, Arunachal Pradesh 2nd
15 Dhaspad, Almora, Uttarakhand Best Village Panchayat – North Zone 1st
16 Jamola, Rajouri, J&K 2nd
17 Balua, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 3rd
18 Yelerampura Panchayat, Tumakuru District, Karnataka Best Village Panchayat – South Zone 1st
19 Vellaputhur Panchayat, Chengalpattu District, Tamil Nadu 2nd
20 Elappully Grama Panchayat, Palakkad District, Kerala 3rd
21 Telari Panchayat, Gaya District, Bihar Best Village Panchayat – East Zone 1st
22 Chhindiya Panchayat, Surajpur District, Chhattisgarh 2nd
23 Guni Panchayat, Khunti District, Jharkhand 3rd
24 Takhatgadh, Sabarkantha, Gujarat Best Village Panchayat – West Zone 1st
25 Kankapar, Kachchh, Gujarat 2nd
26 Surdi, Solapur, Maharashtra 3rd
27 Sialsir, Sirchip, Mizoram Best Village Panchayat – North East Zone 1st
28 Aminda Simsanggre, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya 2nd
29 Chambagre, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya 3rd
30 Vapi Urban Local Body, Gujarat Best Urban Local Body 1st
31 Dapoli Nagar Panchayat, Maharashtra 2nd
32 Madurai Municipal Corporation, Tamil Nadu 3rd
33 Mission Paani (Network 18) Best Media (Print & Electronic) 1st
34 Agrowon, Sakal Media Private Limited (Adinath Dattatray Chavan) 2nd
35 Sandesh Daily Bhuj Edition 3rd
36 Govt. Girls Hr. Secondary School, Kaveripattinam, Tamilnadu Best School 1st
37 Amalorpavam Lourds Academy, Thiruvalluar, Puducherry 2nd
38 Amity International School, Noida, UP 3rd

(Joint Winner)

39 Government Middle School, Manapet, Puducherry 3rd

(Joint Winner)

40 Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Jammu Best Institution/RWA/Religious organization for Campus usage 1st
41 IIT Gandhinagar, Gujarat 2nd
42 lndian Oil Corporation Limited Faridabad 3rd
43 Welspun India Textile Limited, Gujarat Best Industry 1st
44 Hyundai Motor India Limited, Tamil Nadu 2nd
45 Trident (Textile) Limited, Punjab 3rd

(Joint Winner)

46 Steel Authority of India Limited, New Delhi 3rd

(Joint Winner)

47 Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell, Ahmedabad Best Non-Government Organisation (NGO) 1st
48 Vivekananda Kendra NARDEP, Kanyakumari 2nd
49 Gramvikas Sanstha, Aurangabad 3rd

(Joint Winner)

50 Vivekananda Research and Training Institute, Bhavnagar 3rd

(Joint Winner)

51 Panchgachiya MDTW WUA, Hooghly, West Bengal Best Water User Association 1st
52 Hatinada Champa Purulia, West Bengal 2nd
53 Amtore Mini River Lift Irrigation WUA, Purulia, West Bengal 3rd
54 ITC Limited, Kolkata, West Bengal Best Industry for Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) activities 1st
55 Adani Foundation, Gujarat 2nd
56 HAL, Bangalore, Karnataka 3rd

(Joint Winner)

57 Dharampal Satyapal Ltd., Noida, Uttar Pradesh 3rd

(Joint Winner)

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