PM Modi announces Jal Jeevan Mission to bring piped water to every house
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced during his Independence Day speech that the government will launch Jal Jeevan Mission to bring piped water supply to every house. He also urged the people to come forward and contribute in conserving water resources.
PM Modi said that the government will spend more than Rs. 3.5 Lakh crore in coming years under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM). Jal Jeevan Mission will work under the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Objective of Jal Jeevan Mission
Major objective of Jal Jeevan Mission is to provide piped water supply (Har Ghar Jal) to all rural and urban households by 2024. It also aims to create local infrastructure for rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge and management of household waste water for reuse in agriculture.
Benefits of Jal Jeevan Mission
• Household pipeline water supply
• Clean and drinkable water
• Recharge of ground water level
• Better local infrastructure
• Less water-borne diseases
• Less water wastage
Why was it needed?
According to the data published in various reports, about half of the country’s households don’t have access to piped water supply. It is an urgent requirement of water conservation in the country because of the decreasing amount of groundwater level. Therefore, Jal Jeevan Mission will focus on integrated demand and supply management of water at the local level.
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As per the PM Modi’s announcement during his speech, the mission would cost around more than Rs.3.5 lakh crore in coming years. However, both centre and state governments will work together to achieve Jal Jeevan Mission’s targets.
Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, announced in her budget speech that the new Jal Shakti Ministry will ensure the management of water resources and water supply in an integrated and holistic manner. She further announced that the government will work with states to ensure Har Ghar Jal to all rural households by 2024 under the Jal Jeevan Mission.