PM Modi said people’s power, women power, and power of technology are powering the Jal Jeevan Mission.
NEW DELHI, Aug 19 (The CONNECT) -Stating that Jal Jeevan Mission is not just a government scheme, but it is a scheme run by the community, for the community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said seven crore rural households are now connected with piped water in just 3 years.
This is a dramatic change as compared to the status of only three crore households were given piped water supply in seven decades since the Independence, Modi said addressing via a video message the Har Ghar Jal Utsav under Jal Jeevan Mission in Goa.
There were about 16 crore rural households in the country, who had to depend on outside sources for water, he pointed out and said, “we could not have left such a large population of the village fighting for this basic need”. That's why 3 years ago, he said, “I had announced from the Red Fort that every house would get piped water”.
Over Rs 3,60,000 crore rupees are being spent on this campaign. Despite the interruptions caused by the biggest epidemic of 100 years, the pace of this campaign did not slow down. The result of this continuous effort is that in just three years, the country has done more than double the work done in 7 decades, he explained.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today addressed the Har Ghar Jal Utsav under Jal Jeevan Mission via a video message. The event took place at Panaji Goa. Chief Minister of Goa Shri Pramod Sawant, Union Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat were among those present on the occasion. The Prime Minister greeted Shri Krishna devotees on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami.
He congratulated Goa for becoming the first Har Ghar Jal certified state where every household is connected to piped water. He also acknowledged Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu as first Union territories to achieve the feat. The Prime Minister lauded the people, government and local self-government institutions for their efforts.
He said over one lakh villages in different states of the country have turned Open Defecation Free (ODF). The next resolution was to achieve ODF plus status for villages with community toilets, plastic waste management, grey water management and Gobardhan projects.
Underlining the water security challenge that the world is facing, the Prime Minister said that water scarcity can become a huge obstacle in accomplishing the resolution of Developed India - Viksit Bharat. “Our government has been working relentlessly for the last 8 years for the projects of water security”, he said.
The Prime Minister said that four pillars are at the basis of the success of Jal Jeevan Mission i.e. people’s participation, stakeholder participation, political will and optimum utilisation of Resources. Local people and Gram Sabhas and other institutions of local governance have been given an unprecedented role in the campaign. Local women are trained for water testing and are members of ‘Paani Samitis’. Stakeholder participation is evident in enthusiasm shown by panchayats, NGOs, educational institutions and all the ministries. Similarly, achieving much more in just 7 years than what was achieved in the last 7 decades indicates political will. Optimum utilisation of resources is reflected in synergizing with schemes like MGNREGA. Saturation of piped water will also eliminate possibility of any discrimination, he added.
Referring to use of technology like geo-tagging of water assets and Internet of things solutions for water supply and quality control, the Prime Minister pointed out that people’s power, women power, and power of technology are powering the Jal Jeevan Mission.