15 lakh schools identified in rural areas under the campaign
14 Lakh anganwadi centres identified to be part of the project
2024 Jal Jeevan Mission aims at providing every rural household with piped potable water supply
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 2
The Centre on Friday launched a 100-day campaign to provide piped potable water connections to all schools and anganwadi centres in the country on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.
Launching the virtual campaign, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said, “PM Narendra Modi, while rolling out the logo of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) on September 29, called for ensuring drinking water supply to all schools and anganwadi centres in the country. We are asking state governments to ensure the same in the next 100 days.”
“Children are most susceptible to water-borne diseases, such as typhoid, dysentery, diarrhoea and cholera. That’s why ensuring safe water to them is a priority under the JJM,” the minister said.
The JJM, implemented by the Jal Shakti Ministry, aims at providing every rural household with piped potable water supply by 2024.
The Public Health Engineering Department of state governments will spearhead the campaign by involving gram panchayats and other departments, including Education, Women and Child Welfare, and the Panchayati Raj and Rural Development among others.