40 million new families got tap connection under Jal Jeevan Mission: PM Modi

Union minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and chief minister of Shivraj Singh Chouhan were also part of the event.

40 million new families got tap connection under Jal Jeevan Mission: PM Modi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday stressed the importance of water conservation as he launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain campaign virtually. Speaking during the launch, PM Modi called for participation from every citizen of the country and said that as the country is moving on the path of development, the crisis of water is also increasing

The launch was organised to mark World Water Day to raise awareness about water conservation in the country. Union minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also part of the event.

"The water availability is very crucial for 21st century India," he also said.

PM Modi also announced that after the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission, "about 4 crore new families have got tap connection in such a short time." "Just one and a half years ago, out of 19 crore rural families in our country, only 3.5 crore families used to get water from the tap," he said during the launch.

The launch was organised to mark World Water Day to raise awareness about water conservation in the country. Union minister for Jal Shakti ministry, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and chief minister of Shivraj Singh Chouhan were also part of the event.

The program will be implemented between March 22 and November 30, covering the monsoon period in the country. During this campaign, geotagging of all water bodies throughout the nation will be carried out, an official said on condition of anonymity.

On average India receives 1,170mm of rainfall, most of it during the summer monsoon months, but only 10-20% of that is currently tapped

Jal Jeevan Mission is to assist, empower and facilitate:

1)States/ UTs in the planning of participatory rural water supply strategy for ensuring potable drinking water security on a long-term basis to every rural household and public institution, viz. GP building, School, Anganwadi centre, Health centre, wellness centres, etc.

2) States/ UTs for creation of water supply infrastructure so that every rural household has Functional Tap Connection (FHTC) by 2024 and water in adequate quantity of prescribed quality is made available on regular basis.

3) States/ UTs to plan for their drinking water security

4)GPs/ rural communities to plan, implement, manage, own, operate and maintain their in-village water supply systems

5) States/ UTs to develop robust institutions having a focus on service delivery and financial sustainability of the sector by promoting a utility approach

6)Capacity building of the stakeholders and create awareness in the community on the significance of water for improvement in the quality of life

7)In making provision and mobilization of financial assistance to States/ UTs for implementation of the mission.