Jal Jeevan Mission: State-wise planning exercise for 3rd year begins

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Published on: 9 April 2021 6:33 AM GMT
Jal Jeevan Mission: State-wise planning exercise for 3rd year begins
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New Delhi: As the Jal Jeevan Mission – Har Ghar Jal announced on 15th August, 2019, to provide Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every rural home by 2024, enters its third year of implementationwith a Central grant of Rs.50,011 Crore in 2021-22, the National Jal Jeevan Mission, Ministry of Jal Shakti is set to roll out the annual planning exercise with States/ UTs from 9th January, 2021.

Jal Jeevan Mission:

This month-long exercise, daily taking up two States/ UTs, is done by a committee chaired by Secretary, DDWS and with members from different Central Ministries/ Departments and NITI Aayog to do a rigorous scrutiny of the proposed Annual Action Plan (AAP) prepared byStates/ UTs before finalizing the same. Thereafter, funds are released throughout the year and regular field visits, review meetings are held to ensure implementation of these Annual Action Plans to achieve the goal of Jal Jeevan Mission.

While announcing the mission, Prime Minister stated that Jal Jeevan Mission will be implemented in partnership with States and water has to be made everyone' business. On 22nd March, 2021, while launching 2nd edition of Jal Shakti Abhiyan, Prime Minister exhorted the nation to catch the rain wherever and whenever it falls.

This annual planning exercise is to translate the vision of Prime Minister to involve everyone, work in partnership by ensuring that planning and implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission is done in a participatory manner. At State and district level, NGOs, voluntary organizations, self-help groups, etc. are involved in supporting the local village communities as implementation support agencies. Further, 124 - reputed national level NGOs, trusts, foundations, institutions and UN agencies are also involved as sector partner to dovetail their efforts to achieve the goal of Har Ghar Jal.

After the presentation of budget on 1st February, 2021, Prime Minister has set the agenda for speedy implementation of all infrastructure related projects by ensuring stakeholder's consultation. A Webinar was held on 16 & 17th February, which was addressed by the Prime Minister to seek the views of various stakeholders like State Governments, experts, UN agencies, sector partners, NGOs, etc. to implement the mission with speed and scale by ensuring people's participation.

The Jal Jeevan Mission specific stakeholder's consultation was addressed by Union Jal Shakti Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Sekhawat and Minister of State Shri Rattan Lal Kataria. To give it a further push, a virtual conference of States/ UT's Minister on Jal Jeevan Mission was also held so that all states/ UTs work in unison to achieve the common goal i.e. safe piped water supply to every home.

Since launch of this mission in August 2019, despite the CoVid-19 pandemic, subsequent lockdowns and huge challenges, so far over 4.07 Crore rural households have been provided with tap water connections. Now, over 7.30 Crore i.e. 38% rural households are getting potable water through taps. Goa has become the first State in the country to provide every rural household with tap water supply followed by Telangana and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

The persistent efforts made by States/ UTs and district authorities along with Gram Panchayats and local communities have helped in providing assured tap water supply to every family living in 58 districts and over 87 thousand villages. This is the speed and scale, with which the Mission is working to change the lives of people living in rural areas. States/ UTs are now competing with each other and focusing on the target to ensure that every household in the country gets safe drinking water, so that 'no one is left out'.

As the financial year 2021-22 begin, the rigorous joint review exercise to finalize the Annual Action Plans (AAPs) is all set to be rolled out from 9th April. This year is a very critical year for JJM, which requires intensive planning based on rigorous data analysis, capacity of States/ UTs to execute the work based on last two year's progress, their preparedness, etc. While implementing, States/ UTs are to give priority to water quality-affected areas, villages in drought prone and desert areas, Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe majority villages, 60 JE-AES affected and 117 Aspirational districts and Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana villages to provide all households with tap water connection in a time-bound manner.

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