Centre to rope in nationwide and worldwide companies to make Jal Jeevan Mission fashionable and people-driven

Ravi S Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18

The Centre will rope in nationwide and worldwide companies to make its flagship Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) extra fashionable and people-driven and make its developmental objective sustainable.

The JJM, a centrally sponsored mission, is being applied by the Union Jal Shakti Ministry. It goals to supply piped and secure consuming water to all rural households of the nation by 2024. 

“The Mission is exploring partnerships with reputed national and international agencies, including UN agencies, NGOs/CBOs, CSR organisations, trusts, foundations, etc,” the Union Jal Shakti Ministry mentioned.

“The government hopes that water will turn into the next people’s movement and will become everyone’s business, a transformational change for the sector which has hitherto been seen as only a public sector responsibility.”

Ministry officers mentioned UNICEF, the Aga Khan Foundation and Sir Ratan Tata Trust that are well-known names within the area of livelihood and improvement tasks, are amongst these recognized for the proposed partnership.

Things must be firmed up in a few months on this regard. Talks with them are afoot.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chorus from public fora has been to make JJM a individuals’s motion and participatory, although its implementation was performed by the federal government.

JJM was launched in August 15, 2019 and round 85 lakh rural households have been supplied with faucet connections by March 2020. The tempo of implementation was hindered throughout lockdown because of the Covid pandemic.

Since unlockdown, about 46 lakh faucet connections have been supplied up to now.

With regards to JJM, states have been requested to undertake a revalidation train of baseline knowledge, as per which there are about 19 crore rural households within the nation.

Out of them, greater than three crore households are already supplied faucet connections. 

In 2020-21, a cumulative sum of Rs 23,500 crore has been allotted to states and UTs for implementation of JJM.

Besides, within the present monetary 12 months, 50 per cent of 15th Finance Commission grants to Rural Local Bodies, totalling as much as Rs 30,375 crore, have additionally been earmarked for water provide and sanitation.

As a lot as 50 per cent of this quantity was launched to states on July 15.

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