3rd National Water Awards Announced: Uttar Pradesh Awarded First Prize, Rajasthan Second and Tamil Nadu Third

Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat announced 3rd National Water Awards-2020, on 7th January 2022.  In the Best State category, Uttar Pradesh has been awarded first prize, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu got second and third prize of the year.

The National Water Awards (NWA) were instituted to recognize and encourage exemplary work and efforts made by States, Districts, individuals, organizations, etc across the country in attaining the Government OF India’s vision of a ‘Jal Samridh Bharat’.

India has more than 18% of the world’s population, but it has only 4% of world’s renewable water resources. India’s current water requirement is estimated to be around 1,100 billion cubic meters per year, and it is projected to go up to 1,447 billion cubic meters by 2050.

The first National Water Award was launched by the Jal Shakti Ministry in 2018. National Water Awards have provided a good opportunity to start-ups as well as leading organizations to engage and deliberate with senior policymakers on how to adopt the best water resources management practices in India.

To encourage and recognize individuals and organizations doing exemplary work in the field of water resources management, the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti is giving 57 awards to States, Organizations, Individuals etc. in 11 different categories – Best State, Best District, Best Village Panchayat, Best Urban Local Body, Best Media (Print & Electronic), Best School, Best Institution/RWA/Religious organization for Campus usage, Best Industry, Best NGO, Best Water User Association, and Best Industry for CSR Activity. Some of these categories have sub- categories for different zones of the country. The award winners in different categories will be given a citation, trophy and cash prize.

The list of awardees in various categories:

Sl. No.NameCategory

(with zone, if any)

Rank
Uttar Pradesh“Best State”1st
Rajasthan2nd
Tamil Nadu3rd
Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh“Best District”

– North Zone

1st
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab2nd
Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala“Best District”

– South Zone

1st
Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh2nd
East Champaran, Bihar“Best District”

– East Zone

1st
Godda, Jharkhand2nd
Indore, Madhya Pradesh“Best District”

– West Zone

1st
Vadodara, Gujarat2nd

(Joint Winner)

Banswara, Rajasthan2nd

(Joint Winner)

Goalpara, Assam“Best District”

– North-East Zone

1st
Siang, Arunachal Pradesh2nd
Dhaspad, Almora, Uttarakhand“Best Village Panchayat”

– North Zone

1st
Jamola, Rajouri, J&K2nd
Balua, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh3rd
Yelerampura Panchayat, Tumakuru District, Karnataka“Best Village Panchayat”

– South Zone

1st
Vellaputhur Panchayat, Chengalpattu District, Tamil Nadu2nd
Elappully Grama Panchayat, Palakkad District, Kerala3rd
Telari Panchayat, Gaya District, Bihar“Best Village Panchayat”

– East Zone

1st
Chhindiya Panchayat, Surajpur District, Chhattisgarh2nd
Guni Panchayat, Khunti District, Jharkhand3rd
Takhatgadh, Sabarkantha, Gujarat“Best Village Panchayat”

– West Zone

1st
Kankapar, Kachchh, Gujarat2nd
Surdi, Solapur, Maharashtra3rd
Sialsir, Sirchip, Mizoram“Best Village Panchayat”

– North-East Zone

1st
Aminda Simsanggre , West Garo Hills, Meghalaya2nd
Chambagre, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya3rd
Vapi Urban Local Body, Gujarat“Best Urban Local Body”1st
Dapoli Nagar Panchayat, Maharashtra2nd
Madurai Municipal Corporation, Tamil Nadu3rd
Mission Paani (Network 18)“Best Media (Print & Electronic)”1st
Agrowon, Sakal Media Pvt. Ltd.

(Adinath Dattatray Chavan)

2nd
Sandesh Daily Bhuj Edition3rd
Govt. Girls Hr. Secondary School, Kaveripattinam, Tamilnadu“Best School”1st
Amalorpavam Lourds Academy, Thiruvalluar, Puducherry2nd
Amity International School, Noida, UP3rd

(Joint Winner)

Govt. Middle School, Manapet, Puducherry3rd

(Joint Winner)

Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Jammu“Best Institution/RWA/Religious organization for Campus usage”1st
IIT Gandhinagar, Gujarat2nd
lndian Oil Corporation Limited Faridabad3rd
Welspun India Textile Ltd., Gujarat“Best Industry”1st
Hyundai Motor India Ltd., Tamil Nadu2nd
Trident (Textile) Ltd., Punjab3rd

(Joint Winner)

Steel Authority of India Ltd., New Delhi3rd

(Joint Winner)

Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell, Ahmedabad“Best NGO”1st
Vivekananda Kendra NARDEP, Kanyakumari2nd
Gramvikas Sanstha, Aurangabad3rd

(Joint Winner)

Vivekananda Research and Training Institute, Bhavnagar3rd

(Joint Winner)

Panchgachiya MDTW WUA, Hooghly, West Bengal“Best Water User Association”1st
Hatinada Champa Purulia, West Bengal2nd
Amtore Mini River Lift Irrigation WUA, Purulia, West Bengal3rd
ITC Limited, Kolkata, West Bengal“Best Industry for CSR activities”1st
Adani Foundation, Gujarat2nd
HAL, Bengaluru, Karnataka3rd

(Joint Winner)

Dharampal Satyapal Ltd., Noida,

Uttar Pradesh

3rd

(Joint Winner)

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