Influencing decision makers

As a result of its advocacy efforts and campaigns, Jal Jan Jodo has been successful in influencing the governments in many ways. During the current drought, the Central Government, reacting to the rally in Delhi, issued a public assurance giving its support to rain water harvesting and revival of water bodies under Government programmes. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, more than 103 traditional Chandela ponds have been restored by the government with an allocation of approximately € 20 million and in Madhya Pradesh 12 ponds with an expenditure of € 140,000 have been similarly revived. The move will help save approximately 60 MCM (million cubic meter) additional water and assure irrigation of 12,000 hectares of agricultural land. In Karnataka, the Government has constituted a separate authority for revival of ponds and tanks.