Central grant of Rs 1,667 cr given to Maha as part of the Jal Jeevan mission

A central grant of Rs. 1,667 crore has been paid to Maharashtra as part of the Jal Jeevan mission, Jal Shakti’s ministry said on Saturday.

The Union government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is giving top priority to providing a tap water connection to every rural household across the country. In an effort to accelerate the implementation of the Jal Jeevan mission in Maharashtra, the Indian government has released Rs 1,666.64 crore to the state.

The central fund of Rs 7,064.41 crore has been allocated to the state for 2021-22 for the implementation of the Jal Jeevan mission, nearly four times the allocation for 2020-21.

There are 142.36 rural households in the state, of which 96.46 lakh households (67.76%) have a tap water connection. In 2021-2022, the state plans to provide tap water connections to 27.45 lakh households.

Top priority is given by the Union government to the Jal Jeevan mission, as evidenced by the massive increase in the budget allocation to Rs 92,309 crore in 2021-2022, against Rs 23,022 crore the previous year.

In addition, in 2021-2022, Rs 2,584 crore is allocated to Maharashtra as a grant from the 15th Water and Sanitation Finance Commission to rural local bodies / institutions Panchayati Raj (PRI) and funding secured. of 13,628 crore rupees for the next five years, i.e. until 2025-26 to rural local communities.

The Jal Jeevan mission is implemented in a decentralized manner using a “bottom-up” approach, in which the local village community plays a key role from planning to implementation and management to operation and maintenance.

For this, the State undertakes activities such as the strengthening of the Pani Samiti and the development of a village action plan as well as its approval in the Gram Sabha, where the community deliberates on water supply plans to implement for them.

The program encourages the participation of women in these discussions as they are the primary managers of water in any household. Implementation Support Agencies (ISAs) are hired by the department to educate the public about the mission, raise awareness of the importance of safe drinking water, engage with the community and provide support to the Panchayati Raj institution for the implementation of the program.

Maharashtra has plans to build the capacity of 2.74 lakh stakeholders, which include government officials, ISAs, engineers, a village water and sanitation committee, an oversight committee and members of the Panchayat. . About 4.15 lakh of people in the state will be trained under a vocational training program. The skills of the local population will be ensured to work as mason, plumber, fitter, electrician and pump operator. Such a job creation initiative in the villages of the under-skilled and semi-skilled sections will provide income-generating opportunities in the villages.

With a focus on public health, over 2,000 water quality testing laboratories across the country have been opened to the general public so they can have their water samples analyzed whenever they want. at minimal cost. Maharashtra has 177 water testing laboratories.

Efforts are being made to ensure the availability of tap water for drinking, preparing midday meals, washing hands and using the toilets in all schools and Anganwadi centers. To date, 72,032 schools (84%) and 73,377 (80%) AWC in Maharashtra have been provided with tap water.

At the start of the mission in 2019, out of a total of 19.20 crore of rural households in the country, only 3.23 crore (17%) had a tap water supply. Despite the challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns that followed, more than 5.38 crore (28%) of households have been provided with tap water since the launch of the mission.

Currently, 8.61 crores (45%) of rural households receive potable water through household taps. Goa, Telangana, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Puducherry and Haryana became ‘Har Ghar Jal’ / UT State, i.e. 100% coverage of connections in rural households. Maharashtra aims to become a “Har Ghar Jal” state by 2024.

Following the principle of the Prime Minister’s vision of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas”, the motto of the mission is that “no one is left behind” and that each rural household has a connection. with tap water. At present, every household in 83 districts and over 1.26 lakh villages receives a supply of tap water.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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