Over 11 Crore rural households in the country have access to tap water connections as India celebrates its 74th Republic Day. 123 districts and more than 1.53 lakh villages of India have reported ‘Har Ghar Jal’ which means every household has access to clean drinking water through the tap. Jal Jeevan Mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15th August 2019 to provide every rural household with a tap water connection by 2024.
Jal Jeevan Mission Provides Tap Water to 11 Crore Rural Households – Key Points
- At the time of the launch of the Mission in 2019, out of 19.35 Crore rural households, only 3.23 Crore (16.72%) had access to tap water.
- As of date, within a short span of about three years of the life-changing mission, over 11 Crore (56.84%) of rural households have tap water supply in their homes.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the achievement of 11 Crore Tap water connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission.
- PM Modi also congratulated all those who have benefitted from this initiative and complemented those working on the ground to make this Mission a success.
- The Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, tweeted about the achievement and informed that “The vision of our PM Narendra Modiji, the relentless pursuit of the goals set out for Jal Jeevan Mission by the ministry and the effort of our team on the ground has made this mega milestone possible”.
- Regular tap water supply relieves people, especially women and young girls from carrying heavy bucket loads of water to meet their daily household needs thereby reducing age-old drudgery.
- The time saved from collecting water is used for income generation activities, learning new skills, and supporting children’s education.
- In those villages where the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has reached, adolescent girls no longer drop out of school to help their mothers walk long distances and get water to quench their thirst. It goes a long way in empowering and educating the girl child.