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Jal Jeevan Mission Achieves Milestone of 13 Crore Rural Households Tap Connections

In a significant achievement, the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has provided tap water connections to an impressive 13 crore rural households, marking a remarkable journey since its launch on India’s 73rd Independence Day, August 15, 2019. This mission, guided by the principles of speed and scale, has rapidly expanded access to clean water in rural areas, progressing from 3.23 crore households in August 2019 to the current milestone in just four years.

Several States Achieve 100% Coverage

Jal Jeevan Mission Achieves Milestone of 13 Crore Rural Households Tap Connections
Jal Jeevan Mission Achieves Milestone of 13 Crore Rural Households Tap Connections

100% Coverage: Several states and union territories, including Goa, Telangana, Haryana, Gujarat, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, have achieved 100% tap water coverage.

Progress in Bihar and Mizoram: Bihar and Mizoram are making substantial progress, nearing full coverage at 96.39% and 92.12%, respectively, with all households and public institutions receiving consistent and safe water supply.

Widespread Impact: Across the nation, 145 districts and 1,86,818 villages report 100% coverage, underscoring the mission’s wide-reaching impact.

Swift Implementation

Collaborative Efforts: The Jal Jeevan Mission operates in partnership with states and union territories, harnessing the combined efforts of various stakeholders, including development partners.

Impressive Installation Rate: An astonishing rate of one tap water connection is being installed every second, reshaping the rural landscape. Since January 1, 2023, an average of 87,500 tap connections are provided daily, with Uttar Pradesh leading the way.

Community Well-being

Education and Community Impact: The mission ensures tap water supply in 9.15 lakh (88.73%) schools and 9.52 lakh (84.69%) Anganwadi centers across the country, significantly benefiting children and communities.

Socio-Economic Benefits: The “Har Ghar Jal” initiative has led to substantial socio-economic benefits, particularly for women and girls, as it eliminates the need to carry heavy water loads, freeing up time for income generation, skill development, and children’s education.

Central Role of Community Participation

Sustainability Focus: To ensure the long-term sustainability of these schemes, community participation has been central to planning, implementation, and maintenance.

Community Committees: Over 5.27 lakh Village Water & Sanitation Committees (VWSC)/ Pani Samitis have been formed, alongside 5.12 lakh Village Action Plans (VAPs) addressing water source augmentation, greywater treatment, and regular maintenance.

Addressing Contamination and Quality Assurance

Contamination Resolution: The mission has successfully resolved the issue of Arsenic and Fluoride contamination in drinking water sources, providing safe drinking water in all affected habitations.

Quality Assurance: Quality assurance remains a top priority, with regular testing of water samples from source to delivery points. The Department of Personnel & Training recognized these efforts with a Silver Award for “Application of emerging technologies for promoting citizen-centric services.”

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