Please read our response to 'an article on Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan (JSA)' is published in the 'Economic and Political Weekly/ issue (Vol. 54, Issue No. 29, 20 Jul, 2019) at the following link. In 2015, the Government of Maharashtra launched the JSA, with the aim of making 25,000 villages in Maharashtra drought-free.
"Groundwater, a renewable and finite natural resource, is a vital source of sustenance for humans and different ecosystems in the semi-arid regions. Rapid population growth in the last three decades has caused a rise in water demand which has inadvertently posed a stress on its availability. The current study involves a field hydrogeological mapping that was integrated with remote sensing and GIS to delineate areas. This paper attempts to provide a robust methodology to prioritize areas vulnerable to groundwater unavailability. The attached research brief summarises the key findings of the article. For more details, click on the link https://bit.ly/2wzX1EZ."