Guwahati: The Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat asked Arunachal Pradesh government to expedite implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in the State.
The Mission is a flagship programme of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, aiming to improve the lives of rural people by providing safe drinking water to every rural household through household tap connections by 2024.
Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu said that Arunachal Pradesh has planned to provide 100% tap connections to all the households of the State by March, 2023.
Out of 2.18 lakh total rural households, 37,000 households have been already provided with tap connections. The State is planning to provide 77,000 tap connections in 2020-21, he said.
While planning, thrust was given on covering households in quality-affected habitations, Sansad Adarsh Gramin Yojana villages, etc. on priority.
The Central Minister urged Khandu to focus on retrofitting and augmentation of piped water supply schemes already existing in the villages/ habitations, so that remaining households could be provided with tap connections easily in least possible time, that’s why it has been stressed that this work should start in ‘campaign mode’.
“During the Covid–19 pandemic, it’s the endeavour of Government that people don’t crowd public stand posts, drinking water sources. The Union Minister has requested the chief minister for taking up water supply works in villages on immediate basis to provide household tap connections, which will help in practicing social distancing, and will additionally help local people in getting employment and boost rural economy,” an official statement said.
The Centre has allocated Rs 255 Crore for Arunachal Pradesh under JJM in 2020-21. State will be given additional funds in form of performance grants based on their achievement in terms of tangible outputs i.e. the household tap connections and commensurate financial progress, the official statement added.