New Delhi, 05 June. Central government has decided that every rural household in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh will be provided with tap water connections by 2022. Earlier it was slated to be completed by 2024 under Jal Jeevan Mission.
To enable these States/ UTs to achieve this goal by 2022, Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has approved Central allocation of Rs. 8,216.25 Crore for 2021-22. This is 4 times the allocation to these States/ UTs in the previous year.
Assured supply of potable tap water in every home will improve the lives of more than 5 Crore people living in villages in this region, especially women and girls. With this massive increase in allocation, and speed of implementation, these 5 States/UTs are set to achieve ‘Har Ghar Jal’ status by 2022, two years before the national target of 2024.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on 15th August, 2019, had announced Jal Jeevan Mission(JJM) to provide safe piped drinking water to every rural household in the country by 2024. To transform his vision that every households should have assured tap water supply by 2024, 4.25 Crore rural households have been provided tap water connections in the last 21 months, despite Covid-19 pandemic, repeated disruptions and lockdowns.
At the time of announcement of Jal Jeevan Mission, only 3.23 Crore (17%) rural households in the country had tap water supply. In this period, Goa, Telangana, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Puducherry achieved the target of providing every rural household with tap water. Households in 62 districts, 746 blocks, and more than 91 thousand villages across the country, are now getting potable tap water supply.