A total of 7 states including Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Sikkim qualified for performance incentive grant for 2020-21 under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) – Har Ghar Jal.

The Union Jal Shakti ministry has approved the incentive grant for providing assured tap water supply to every rural home by 2024.

For performance incentive grant, the criteria include physical and financial progress under JJM, functionality of piped water supply schemes and capacity to utilize the fund, the Jal Shakti ministry said in a statement.

Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat approved Rs. 465 crore as performance incentive to the 7 seven states including Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

“Despite CoVid-19 pandemic and resultant lockdowns and disruption, speedy implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission on the ground has set an example and during the financial year, more than 3.16 crore rural households have been provided tap water connection,” the ministry said.

Presently, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Goa and Telangana have become ‘Har Ghar Jal’ states/ UT and every household in 55 districts and 85,000 villages of the country, have tap water supply, the ministry claimed.

The ministry said since the announcement of Jal Jeevan Mission on August 15, 2019, so far, 4 crore households have been provided with tap water connections, thus increasing the tap water supply from 3.23 crore (17%) to more than 7.20 crore (37.6%) rural households in the country.

“This is the ‘speed and scale’ of the works being undertaken for making provision of clean drinking water to every rural household in rural areas,” it said.

Gujarat is among the best performing states, which is implementing Jal Jeevan Mission to ensure tap water supply to every home.

Gujarat has started decentralised, demand-driven community-managed water supply programme way back in 2002 and has become a model state.

Gujarat, which was known for water supply through road tankers and even trains, now has made water scarcity is thing of past.

“Northeastern states, despite hilly terrain and forested areas, have implemented JJM with speed and scale. It is for the first time that 5 Northeast states have qualified for performance incentive grant,” the statement said.

“The focus of the Ministry of Jal Shakti in improving the water supply by the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission has borne fruits,” it said.

Union minister Shekhawat had a number of review meetings as well as visits to Northeast states to expedite the implementation.

The National Jal Jeevan Mission as a part of the Jal Shakti ministry sent a number of multi-disciplinary team of experts to help these states to plan better and implement with speed and on scale.

Under National Jal Jeevan Mission, Northeast states, including Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Sikkim have become among best states/ UTs in terms of performance.

The provision of performance incentive fund under Jal Jeevan Mission has generated a healthy competition among states/UTs, which will help in speedy implementation and assured water supply under this life-changing mission.

“The mission aims to provide household tap water connection to every rural home by 2024 to improve the quality of life and enhance ‘ease of living’ of people of the country,” the statement said.

In the financial year 2020-21, Rs. 11,000 crore was allocated for Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and grants have been provided to states/ UTs based on the output in terms of functional household tap connections given and the utilization of available central grant and matching state share, the ministry said.

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