Context: The "JALDOOT App," created by the Ministry of Rural Development, will be used all over the nation to record the water level in particular village wells. At a ceremony in New Delhi, Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Shri Giriraj Singh will introduce the "JALDOOT App."

About the app:

  • Through the development of watersheds, afforestation, the development and renovation of water bodies, rainwater harvesting, and other methods, the nation has taken numerous steps to improve water management in both rural and urban areas. 
  • However, in many areas of the country, both the withdrawal of groundwater and the use of surface water resources have reached critical levels, causing significant water depletion and distress to the community, including farmers. It has become necessary to measure and monitor the water table levels across the nation as a result.
  • The JALDOOT App will help monitor the water table in some of the most water stressed areas in India.
  • On each occasion of measurement, Jaldoots, or the officers tasked with measuring the water levels, should also upload the geo-tagged photos via the app.
  • Both online and offline usage of this mobile application are supported. Therefore, even without internet access, water levels can be recorded. Recorded data is then stored on a mobile device, and when that device enters an area with connectivity, data is synchronised with a central server.
  • Water level report, Monsoon Report and Registered user report are available at JALDOOT web portal.

Significance of the app:

  • Gram Rojgar Sahayak (GRS) will be able to measure the water level in a few wells twice a year thanks to the Jaldoot app (pre-monsoon and post-monsoon). 
  • A sufficient number of measurement locations (2–3) must be chosen in each village. These will serve as a gauge for the village's subsurface water level.
  • Panchayats will benefit from the app's reliable data, which can then be used to improve work planning. 
  • The Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) and Mahatma Gandhi NREGA planning exercises could both make use of the ground water data. Additionally, the data can be used for a variety of research projects and other things.