Nearing its goal of providing tap water connection in every rural household by 2024, the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) under the Ministry of Jal Shakti has crossed the milestone of 55 per cent of rural households having access to tap water connections.
The Jal Jeevan Mission was announced from the ramparts of the Red Fort by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 August 2019.
At the time of announcement of Jal Jeevan Mission, just 3.23 crore (17 per cent) households were reported to have tap water connections.
So far, under JJM, around 7.48 crore (38 per cent) rural households have been provided with tap water connections. Thus, as on 13 December 2022, out of 19.36 crore rural households in the country, more than 10.71 crore (55 per cent) rural households reported to have tap water supply in their homes.
According to the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Puducherry and Telangana have achieved 100 per cent coverage of tap water connection among all rural households.
And states like Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab have achieved over 95 per cent coverage.
JJM has been given a top priority by the PM Modi led government. Many political analysts attribute JJM, among important factors, to an increased share of support among women to the BJP led government.
In 2021-22, over Rs 40,000 crore grant had been released to States and UTs under the Jal Jeevan Mission.
Further, the budget under Jal Jeevan Mission for 2022-23 has been enhanced to Rs 60,000 crore.
In October 2021, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi launched the Jal Jeevan Mission App and Rashtriya Jal Jeevan Kosh.
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