45 lakh tap connections provided since Unlock-1 under Jal Jeevan Mission


File photo: Tap water under Jal Jeevan Mission

File photo: Tap water under Jal Jeevan Mission

About 45 lakh tap connections have been provided under the Jal Jeevan Mission since the central government announced ‘Unlock 1′ on June 1 amid the coronavirus pandemic, a statement said on Thursday.

The Modi government’s ambitious Jal Jeevan Mission aims to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections to every rural household in the country by 2024.

Since the launch of the Mission in August 2019 till March 2020, around 84.83 lakh rural households were provided with tap connections.

“Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, since Unlock-1, about 45 lakh tap connections have been provided so far in the year 2020-21. Thus, about 1 lakh households are being provided with tap connections daily, which indicates the speed of the mission”.

For ensuring transparency, every asset created is being geo-tagged and connections are being linked with the Aadhaar card of the head of the household.

A special focus is being given to the districts affected with Japanese Encephalitis/Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (JE-AES) which is one of the main reasons behind infant mortality in the affected districts. As on date, there are 3.01 crore households in 61 JE/AES endemic districts of five states of Assam, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, the statement said.

Potable water supply to water quality-affected habitations is also a top priority under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) as the ill-effects of flurosis and arsenicosis are to be reduced.

Jal Jeevan Mission is also a part of the Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan (GKRA) wherein efforts are being made to provide employment to migrant labourers by creating public infrastructure. The tentative plan is to take up work in about 25,000 villages spread across six states under implementation.

After the Mission came into being, states were requested to undertake a revalidation exercise of baseline data, as per which there are 19.04 crore rural households in the country, out of which, 3.23 crore households are already provided with tap connections.

“Thus, the objective is to cover approximately 16 crore households in a time-bound manner while ensuring the functionality of the already provided connections. This means 3.2 crore households to be covered every year, that is, approximately 88,000 tap connections to be provided on a daily basis,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, many states and Union territories are working hard to provide tap connections to every rural household.

In this endeavour, states like Bihar, Goa, Puducherry, Telangana, “lead with excellent performance”, the statement said.

In 2020-21, a sum of Rs 23,500 crore has been allocated for the implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission.