On the eve of the launch of the programme at Tamballapalle in Chittoor district, Naidu said the initiative has to be taken up on a campaign mode, eventually making it a people's movement.

Ministers, Districts Collectors and nodal officers would launch the programme simultaneously on Thursday at the district and mandal level.

Through 'Neeru-Chettu', the government aims to make AP a drought-free state by encouraging plantations and through 100 percent drip and sprinkler irrigation in the drought-hit areas, a state government release said.

The objectives of the programme are: inventory of existing water harvesting structures and repairs to them, construction of new water harvesting structures using the remote-sensing or geo-tagging technology, construction of recharge pits through roof-water collection, de-silting of tanks and breach restoration, better water management through improved-agricultural practices.

Under the programme, the government would focus on planting saplings, enhancing ground-water table and utilising available resources through environmental protection.

Noting that the programme has to benefit the community ultimately, the Chief Minister said it should create a relationship between people and nature and only then would it be absorbed into the community.

Similarly, the Chief Minister pointed out that district officials should work with irrigation, rural development, municipal administration, forest and other related departments.

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