Jal Jeevan Mission reaches 12 cr rural households


New Delhi: Led by Azadi ka Amrit Kaal, the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) is celebrating a new milestone in providing safe and clean drinking water through taps to over 12 million rural households in the country. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of JJM from the ramparts of the Red Fort on 15 August 2019, only 3.23 billion (16.64%) households in villages had access to piped water.

Till date 5 states (Goa, Telangana, Haryana, Gujarat and Punjab) and 3 UTs (Puducherry, D&D and D&NH and A&N Islands) have reported 100% coverage. Himachal Pradesh at 98.35% and Bihar at 96.05% are also set to reach saturation in the near future. Goa, Haryana, Punjab, A&N Islands, Puducherry, D&NH and D&D are the states/UTs with “Har Ghar Jal” certificate, i.e. the villagers in these states/UTs have confirmed through the Gram Sabhas that “the village adequate, safe and regular water supply for all households and public institutions.

Relentless efforts by the Union and state governments have also resulted in provision of tap water to 9.06 million (88.55%) schools and 9.39 million (84%) Anganwadi centers in the country. In the 112 aspirational districts of our country, only 21.64 million (7.84%) households had piped water at the start of the Mission, which has now increased to 1.67 billion (60.51%).

Three aspiring districts from Telangana (Komaram Bheem Asifabad, Jayashankar Bhupalpalli and Bhadrabri Kothagudem), two from Gujarat (Dahod and Narmada) and Punjab (Moga and Ferozepur) and one each from Haryana (Mewat) and Himachal Prades (Chamchal Prades) reported. 100% tap water coverage. Government of India is continuously working with States/UTs to further accelerate the pace of implementation.

JJM brings significant socio-economic benefits to the rural population. Regular tap water supply saves people, especially women and young girls, from carrying large buckets of water for their daily household needs, thereby reducing the age-old drudgery. The time thus saved can be used for income-generating activities, learning new skills and supporting children’s education.

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