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2 years of Jal Jeevan Mission: The population of 200 countries is less than the number of new water connections

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Just imagine, a small village of 200 families, situated on a remote hill amidst dense forests. There is no electricity, no paved road. This is a shocking scene, of Kakisanur village located in Veliyarpad mandal of Andhra Pradesh. Although development may not have taken place in this inaccessible area, but pure drinking water is definitely available in every house from the tap. This has been made possible by the Jal Jeevan Mission of the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Loading hand-operated drilling machines on a boat, the mission team covered an arduous journey of about 20 kms to reach this village situated on the banks of river Godavari. Drilled borewells close to the river stream, installed solar powered dual pumps and restored quality drinking water supply to the entire village.

The team of Jal Jeevan Mission, following its motto- ‘Equality and Inclusion’ is moving ahead with the goal of providing pure drinking water to every rural household in a sustainable and reasonable quantity. This is the reason that water connection has been provided to the world’s highest (15 thousand 256 feet) polling station in Tshigang village of Himachal Pradesh. Now there is no need to wait for the snow to melt or bring water on the mules. These are just a few words. There are dozens of other stories that narrate the story of struggle and success, team’s promptness and dedication in the journey of Jal-Jeevan Mission of Ministry of Jal Shakti to bring water from door to door in rural areas of the country.

Population of 200 countries less than the number of new connections

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Jal Jeevan Mission, at that time only 3.23 crore (17%) families out of the total 19.19 crore households in the country had access to drinking water from tap, but at present about 7.96 (41.50%) crore rural people Water has started getting from tap in the houses of the families. It is evident that within two years, under the Jal Jeevan Mission, 4 crore, 73 lakh rural families of the country have been provided tap water. According to the population estimates of the United Nations Population Division, there are more than 200 countries in the world whose population is less than this new connection. On the other hand, if we talk about tap connections in a total of 7 crore 96 lakh houses, then only 19 countries of the world have more population than that.

Pure drinking water reached every village in 21 districts of Haryana

In Goa, Telangana, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry and Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu, 100% rural households have tap water. On the other hand, except Mewat, only one district of Haryana, pure water has reached all the rural households in the remaining 21 districts. By next year, every rural household in Haryana, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Ladakh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Punjab, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir will have pure drinking water from taps. The road is still long, challenges are also there, but by the year 2024, there is full confidence of achieving the target of providing tap water to every villager’s house.

The best results achieved despite challenges from PM Modi’s learning

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Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set a target of providing quality and proper drinking water from tap to every rural household of the country by the year 2024. However, this mission was launched on 25 December 2019 on the occasion of Good Governance Day. The work of this mission had just started that in view of the outbreak of Corona epidemic, a nationwide lockdown was imposed on 25 March. On the other hand, each state has its own problems. Therefore, after discussing with the Chief Ministers, departmental ministers, officers etc. of various states, efforts are being made to make way for the success of Jal Jeevan Mission. The round of discussion and review is continuing.

Steps moving towards a strong, strong and healthy India

The mission of Jal Jeevan Mission is to supply quality drinking water in sufficient quantity on regular basis. In fact, the goal of this mission started under the guidance of the Prime Minister is to build a strong, strong and healthy India. Crores of women no longer have to travel long distances to fetch water for household use, helping save school children from water-borne diseases. The dream of making every section of the society healthy by ensuring the availability of pure drinking water is coming true. By getting rid of carrying water to mothers and daughters, not only will their health improve, but their time is also being saved. Women are also contributing in monitoring the water mission and distribution of water. About 50 percent of the 1.40 crore committees that have been formed are women. In many places, they have been provided economic strength by adding them to the work of pump operation and water conservation.

Jal Jeevan Mission to self-reliance
In order to prepare the infrastructure of Jal Jeevan Mission in the villages of the country, not only lakhs of youth got employment in the challenging days of corono epidemic, but due to the provision of about four times the budget in the year 2021-2022 for the mission, rural The economy has also received continuous economic strength. In the implementation of piped water supply works in 6.05 lakh villages under the mission, the demand for materials of cement, brick, gravel, sand, steel, pipe, motor, tap etc. is increasing, while unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled labor as well as water supply. The demand for those who operate and maintain has also increased. With this mission, the means of income generation in rural areas are increasing, due to which the rural economy has started boosting.

Jal Jeevan Mission, under the able leadership of Prime Minister Modi, is succeeding in providing adequate, regular, quality drinking water to every rural household by overcoming every obstacle in the way of availability of pure drinking water. Not only this, a network of about two thousand drinking water quality testing laboratories has also been set up and about six lakh members of the Jal Samiti have been trained to check the quality of water with testing kits. We all know that the Modi government is moving ahead on the mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas. The Prime Minister has now added the concept of ‘Sabka Prayas’ to this mantra, emphasizing on public participation under the ‘Amrit Mahotsav’ of independence. Jal Jeevan Mission is the most perfect example of this. The Ministry of Jalshakti is moving forward with all its might towards the goal of providing tap water to every household in the country.

(These are the personal views of the author.)

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