Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech from Lal Qila had announced to launch PM Jal Jeevan Mission. Under this Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal Scheme, the central government aims to ensure piped water supply to all households. This Nal Se Jal Scheme is necessary as half of the country’s population does not have access to piped water supply.
Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) is implemented by Ministry of Jal Shakti in partnership with states. It aims to provide adequate drinking water of prescribed quality on regular and long-term basis to every rural household of the country by 2024. The central govt. has allocated a whooping Rs. 3.6 lakh crore under PM Jal Jeevan Mission. PM has also expressed his confidence in making India completely Open Defecation Free (ODF).
This Mission focuses on service delivery and not on infrastructure creation. Pradhan Mantri Modi has credited various states, villages and local bodies for building a strong campaign towards it.
PM Jal Jeevan Mission 2020
Even after 70 years of Independence, around 50% of the Indian people does not access to drinking water. Different government’s at the central and state level have worked towards it, but the reality remains the same. People, particularly women, have to walk miles to get drinking water. So from Red Fort, PM Modi had announced the Jal Jeevan Mission. The official notification for Jal Jeevan Mission can be checked using the link below:-
The central govt. along with the state governments will move forward towards the Jal Jeevan Mission in the upcoming years. Accordingly for this Jal Shakti abhiyan, govt. will spend a huge amount of Rs. 3.6 lakh crore. All the efforts would be made to conserve water and rejuvenate water sources. For water conservation, efforts needs to quadruple in the upcoming 5 years as compared to what was done in past 7 decades.
The central govt. is committed to provide piped water supply to all households by 2024. Now the central govt. has brought all water related ministries under 1 new Jal Shakti Ministry. The new ministry is going to look at the management of water resources and water supply in an integrated and holistic manner. Govt. will now work with states to ensure Har Ghar Jal to all rural families by 2024 under Jal Jeevan Mission.
PM Modi also quoted the Saint Thiruvalluvar from Tamil Nadu state. He said “if water gets over, the work of nature stops and it would result in destruction.” PM has also quoted Jain Monk Buddhi Sagar who predicted that water would be sold in grocery shops. Currently, people are forced to buy water from such shops. He emphasized that Jal Jeevan Mission should not be a govt. initiative alone. Rather, it must be a mission of people just like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
GoI Approves Rs. 1280 Crore for JJM Implementation in Madhya Pradesh
Government of India has approved Rs. 1,280 Crore for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in the Madhya Pradesh state in 2020-21. Rs. 3,093 crore will be available with the MP state this year. MP govt. has planned to have 100% Functional Household Tap Water Connection (FHTC) by 2023-24. Out of 1.21 crore rural households in the state, 13.52 lakh households are already provided with tap connections. The state govt. plans to provide tap connections to 26.27 lakh households in rural areas in 2020-21.
While planning for universal coverage of households, priority is given to water scarce areas, quality-affected areas, SC/ ST dominated habitations/ villages, aspirational districts and Sansad Adarsh Gramin Yojana villages, particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups. Potable water supply to water quality-affected habitations is a top priority under JJM. MP govt. will provide potable water in 395 such habitations by making provision of household tap connections and community water purification plants.
For complete details, check the official PIB press release at https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1630696