Centre has released over Rs 5950 Crore to 15 States in the current financial year for the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission. The Ministry of Jal Shakti has said that this is the first tranche of the four to be released in this financial year. Other 17 States and Union Territories have been asked to send their proposals to National Jal Jeevan Mission for release of funds.
The Jal Jeevan Mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15th August, 2019 with the aim to provide assured tap water supply to every rural home by 2024. It is being implemented in partnership with States and Union Territories. The Ministry of Jal Shakti has said that over 21.5 per cent households have been provided with tap water supply despite challenges faced due to COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.
It said that over 38.5 per cent rural households are getting potable water through taps. Goa, Telangana, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Puducherry have become ‘Har Ghar Jal’ States or Union Territories.