A total of 1.9 million tap connections were provided in villages across the country in the first quarter of the 2020-21 financial year. So far, Rs 80.5 billion in central funding has been made available to states for the implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission.
During the first three months of the nationwide lockdown implemented to contain the spread of COVID-18 pandemic, the National Jal Jeevan Mission under the Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation interacted with states and union territories through video conferencing to finalise the roadmap as well as review the programme’s progress. During the period, the annual action plans of states to provide household tap connections during 2020-21 were approved with a focus on monthly physical and expenditure plans.
The National Jal Jeevan Mission is working closely with states to accomplish the task of ‘Har Ghar Jal’ or water for all in mission mode and in a time-bound manner. States are emphasising retrofitting and augmenting existing water supply schemes to provide household tap connections to remaining households of villages of the poor and marginalised.
Piped water is an aspiration for women as it improves ease of living and improves the quality of life. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day on August 15, 2019. The programme’s goal is to provide every home in the villages with a tap connection. During the seven months in 2019-20 more than 8.4 million households were provided with tap connections.
JJM aims to provide functional household tap connections (FHTCs) to every rural household of the country by the year 2024 and thereby ensuring potable water supply in adequate quantity, i.e., at 55 litres per capita per day (LPCD) of prescribed quality on long-term and regular basis.
The Central Government has asked states to start this work in a campaign mode to provide household tap connections in the least possible time as the basic infrastructure was already in place.
Moreover, when the entire country is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling people to get water in their premises helps prevent gatherings at public stand-posts to fetch water as well as provide employment to locals as well as the returnees.