Since unlock-1, tap connections given to 45 lakh households | India News

NEW DELHI: Since the government started relaxing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, 45 lakh tap connections have been provided under the Jal Jeevan Mission. As per the ministry of Jal Shakti, daily about 1 lakh households are being provided with tap connections.
Jal Jeevan Mission was launched in August 2019 and in 7 months of 2019-20, around 84.83 lakh rural households were provided with tap connections, said the ministry, adding that every asset created is being geo-tagged and connections are being linked with the Aadhar card of the household’s head.
A dashboard indicating the progress of the Mission, up to the district level, has been created and is available at Ministry’s website.
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 tap connections. Remaining 15.81 crore households are to be provided with tap connections. The ministry’s objective is to cover approx. 16 crore households which mean 3.2 crore households to be covered every year i.e. approx. 88,000 tap connections to be provided on a daily basis.
“With this goal in mind, states/UTs are working hard to provide a tap connection to every rural household. In this endeavour, states like Bihar, Telangana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh lead with excellent performance,” said the ministry in a statement.
In 2020-21, a sum of Rs. 23,500 crore has been allocated for the implementation of JJM. At present, more than Rs. 8,000 crore of the central fund is available with the states/ UTs for the implementation of the mission.
Besides this, in 2020-21, 50% of 15th finance commission grants to rural local bodies, i.e. Rs. 30,375 crore has also been earmarked for water supply and sanitation. 50% of this amount has been released to states on 15 July 2020.
The mission is exploring partnerships with reputed national and international agencies including UN agencies, NGOs/ CBOs, CSR organizations, trusts, foundations, etc.
The ministry has been implementing Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in partnership with the states with an aim to provide potable water in adequate quantity of prescribed quality on a regular and long-term basis through tap connections to every rural household in the country by 2024. The mission was announced by the Prime Minister on 15th August 2019, for which the operational guidelines were released on 25th December 2019.

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