New Delhi (NVI): The Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has reached a new milestone by providing 3.53 crore rural household tap water connections since the scheme’s inception.
JJM was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15, 2019 with the aim to provide tap water connection to every rural household by 2024.
The untiring efforts of states and union territories have helped Jal Jeevan Mission provide 3.53 crore tap water connections, according to a statement issued by Ministry of Jal Shakti.
Every family living in 52 districts and 77,000 villages are getting assured tap water supply in their homes.
Furthermore, Goa has become the first state in the country to provide 100 per cent tap water connection followed by Telangana.
States/UTs are now competing with each other and focusing on the target to ensure that every household in the country gets safe drinking water adhering to the core principle of ‘equity & inclusiveness’, the ministry added.
“Jal Jeevan Mission is working in partnership with the States with an aim to provide potable water in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality on regular and long-term basis,” it further stated.
While implementing, states are giving priority to water quality-affected areas, village in drought prone and desert areas, Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe majority villages, aspirational districts and Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna villages.
Potable water supply to water quality-affected habitations is a top priority under the scheme.
JJM gives highest priority to potability of drinking water, which will reduce water-borne diseases and improve health of people. States/ UTs are upgrading water quality testing laboratories and opening them to public enabling them to get their water samples tested at nominal rates.