The Central Government on Saturday has allocated Rs. 5,601.16 crore grant to Assam under the Jal Jeevan Mission.
Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat while approving this four-fold increase in allocation has assured full assistance to the State for making provision of tap water supply in every rural home by 2024.
At the start of the Mission in 2019, out of a total of 19.20 Crore rural households in the country, only 3.23 Crore (17 percent) had tap water supply.
During the last 22 months, despite the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown disruptions, Jal Jeevan Mission has been implemented with speed and 4.32 Crore households have been provided with piped connections.
With the increase in coverage by 22 percent, presently 7.56 Crore (39.38 percent) rural households across the country have tap water supply.
Meanwhile, Goa, Telangana, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Puducherry have achieved 100 percent household connection in rural areas and have become ‘Har Ghar Jal’.
In Assam on August 15, 2019, at the time of launch of Jal Jeevan Mission, only 1.11 lakh (1.76 percent) households out of a total of 63.35 lakh households in 25,335 villages, had tap water supply.
In the last 22 months, 6.88 lakh households (10.87 percent) in the State have been provided tap water connections, thus 7.99 lakh households (12.63 percent) are having tap water supply.
The State has to provide tap water supply to the remaining 55.35 lakh households in the next three years.
To achieve this task, the State has planned to provide tap water connections to 22.63 lakh households in 2021-22, 20.84 lakh households in 2022-23, and 13.20 lakh tap water connections in 2023-24.
Central Government allocates ₹5,601 crore grant to Assam under Jal Jeevan Mission for providing tap water in every rural home
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The allocation of the Central grant to Assam under JJM has been enhanced to Rs. 5,601.16 Crore. With this fourfold increase in Central allocation, unspent balance of Rs. 123.78 Crore and State’s matching share of Rs. 636.10 Crore, Assam has an assured availability of Rs. 6,361.04 Crore under Jal Jeevan Mission for water supply work in 2021-22.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has also assured the Union Jal Shakti Minister of speedy pace in the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Assam.
The State has already approved schemes for 41.9 lakh tap water connections and work orders for about 17.85 lakh tap water connections have been issued in 2021-22.
The Chief Minister has further assured that he will be closely monitoring the progress of the work to ensure tap water supply in rural households.