“PM @narendramodi 's ambitious #JalJeevanMission has provided 3.5 crore (35 million) rural households with tap water connections, 50 lakh (5 million) connections made this year. The initiative has already covered over 35% of rural India, providing 6.76 crore (67.6 million) households with potable water connections,” the Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat wrote on the microblogging site Twitter on January 17. The programme was announced on August 15, 2019, to provide tap water connection to every rural household by 2024. Encouraged by the response to the JJM programme in rural areas, the Central Government will be extending it to urban clusters in 2021-22 financial year.
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