Second National Water Awards: Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Rajasthan secure top positions
On November 11, 2020, the Vice President Venkaiah Naidu announced the second National Water Awards. Tamil Nadu won the first place followed by Maharashtra and Rajasthan at second and third places respectively.
Mizoram bagged the top most position under the special category.
The National Water Awards in 2020 has included several categories to encourage stakeholders. These categories are
- Best district in revival of river and water conservation.
- Best Village Panchayat
- Best Urban Local Body
- Best Research
- Best Education and awareness effort
- Best TV shows
- Best Newspaper in hindi, English and regional languages
- Best School
- Best Institution
- Best Industry (Large Scale and Medium scale)
- Water Warrior
- Best NGO
- Best Industry for CSR activities
- Best Water User Association
In all around 98 awards are to be presented.
The National Water Awards were launched in 2007. The main objective of the award is to encourage stakeholders and individuals to adopt innovative groundwater augmentation practices.
Tamil Nadu also topped in all India level micro irrigation awards under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana. The state was followed by Karnataka and Gujarat in second and third places respectively.