Q. With reference to National Aquifer and Management Programme, consider the following statements:
1.It is to identify and map aquifers at the micro level to quantify the available groundwater resources
.2.This is the initiative launched under Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A
Notes:

Statement 1 is correct: National Aquifer Mapping and Management Programme (NAQUIM) was launched in 2012 by the Ministry of Water Resources (now Ministry of Jal Shakti). The programme aims to identify and map aquifers at the micro level to quantify the available groundwater resources.

Statement 2 is incorrect: The National Aquifer Mapping and Management program (NAQUIM) is being implemented by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB). It is a subordinate office of the Ministry of Water Resources and is the National Apex Agency entrusted with the responsibilities of providing scientific inputs for management, exploration, monitoring, assessment, augmentation and regulation of groundwater resources of the country.

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