Centre nods drinking water supply schemes worth Rs1,816cr for Rajasthan

Rs10,180.50cr central allocation to Rajasthan under Jal Jeevan Mission in 2020-21.

December 01, 2021 9:01 IST | India Infoline News Service
Drinking water supply schemes worth Rs1,816cr were approved for Rajasthan in the State-level Scheme Sanctioning Committee (SLSSC) meeting held on November 29, 2021.

These schemes will provide tap water connection in 2,348 villages spread over 20 districts of the State. It will provide tap water connections to over 3.8 lakh rural households. While approving proposals, the SLSSC has given special attention on water quality issues in 16 districts impacted with geo-genic contamination, thereby urging to make provision of tap water supply in these areas on priority.

The State was urged to consider use of solar -power based schemes. To ensure sustainability of ground water sources in the State, work on community tankas is being undertaken by the water supply department.

Under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), there is provision for constitution of State Level Scheme Sanctioning Committee (SLSSC) for consideration and approval of schemes to be taken up for provisioning tap water supply to rural households. The SLSSC acts as a State-level Committee to consider water supply schemes/ projects, and a nominee of the National Jal Jeevan Mission (NJJM), Government of India is a member of the said committee.

Further, to translate Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of ensuring clean tap water in every rural household and freeing women and girls from drudgery of fetching water from a distance, Rs10,180.50cr grant–in–aid has been allocated to Rajasthan in 2021-22, which is four times of last year’s allocation.

In 2020-21, the Union Government had allocated Rs2,522.03cr for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in the State. This year, Union Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat increased the Central allocation by four-fold. Union Minister, Jal Shakti, while approving the multi-fold increase assured full assistance to the State for making provision of tap water supply in every rural home by 2024.

On 15th August 2019, at the time of launch of Jal Jeevan Mission, only 11.74 lakh (11.59%) household had drinking water supply through taps. In 27 months, despite disruptions due to Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, the State has provided tap water connections to 9.88 lakh (9.75%) households. As on date, out of 1.01 Crore rural household in the State, 21.62 lakh (21.34%) are getting tap water supply in their homes. In 2021-22, the State plans to make provision of tap water supply to 30 lakh rural households.

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