Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: Organisations or individuals, who have designed and executed effective mechanism to harvest rainwater to improve groundwater table can apply for two prestigious awards, both instituted by the Centre.

According to Collector M. Jayaraman, the Union Ministry of Water Resources, with the objective of encouraging groundwater recharge activities across the country, has instituted Ground Water Augmentation Award and National Water Award to be given to individuals / institutions involved in this noble mission. Non-Governmental Organisations, gram panchayats, urban local bodies, institutes implementing farmers' participatory action research programme, corporate sectors, individuals and institutions, involved in improving groundwater table by effectively harvesting rainwater through their development programmes may apply for this award with proper evidence like photographs, power point presentations and video clippings. Applications along with the evidence should reach Office of the District Collector, Development Section, Tirunelveli – 627 009 on or before June 15.

Application forms and criteria can be downloaded from, Mr. Jayaraman said.