New Delhi: About 50% rural households in the country now have access to tap water connections. Goa, Telangana, A&N Islands, D&N Haveli and Daman & Diu, Puducherry and Haryana have already achieved 100% household connections. Punjab, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar have coverage of more than 90% and are progressing fast towards attaining the status of ‘Har Ghar Jal’ mission.
In a move to attain “Gram Swarajya”, the dream of Mahatma Gandhi, Jal Jeevan Mission aims to empower the Panchayati Raj Institutions and communities by engaging them in water supply schemes from the very beginning.
Over 9.59 crore rural household get supply water
Over 9.59 Crore rural households spread across States and UTs are getting water within their premises. Women and girls these households are now free from the century old drudgery of walking long distances in scorching heat, rain and snow in search of water.
All rural households to get supply water by 2024
‘Har Ghar Jal’ is a flagship programme of the Union Government, implemented by Jal Jeevan Mission under the Ministry of Jal Shakti, in partnership with States and UTs to ensure tap water connection in every rural household by 2024.
17% of village households had water supply till 2019
At the time of launch Jal Jeevan Mission in 2019, only 3.23 Crore households i.e. 17% of the rural population had access to drinking water through taps. The burden of arrangement of water for daily household needs mostly fell on women and young girls.
There is sufficient evidence to suggest that school attendance among girls was significantly lower in summers when due to increased requirements for water, multiple trips were needed. After the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission and improvement in access to tap water connection within their premises, considerable improvement in this regard has been noticed.
1,51,171 villages of 108 districts have tap water supply
As on May 27, 108 districts, 1,222 blocks, 71,667 Gram Panchayats and 1,51,171 villages have become have been provided with drinking water through taps under “Har Ghar Jal” scheme.
- Punjab, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh & Bihar With Over 90% Coverage Are Progressing Fast Towards Becoming ‘Har Ghar Jal’ States
- 6 States/UTs, 108 Districts, 1,222 Blocks, 71,667 Gram Panchayats & 1,51,171 Villages Have Become “Har Ghar Jal”
- Punjab, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh & Bihar have coverage of more than 90% rural households