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Jal Jeevan Mission: So far 43 percent households have tap connection, six states/UTs have 100 percent coverage

By PTI

New Delhi: Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, around 43 per cent rural households have been provided with tap water connections so far, while 100 per cent households in six states and union territories have tap water supply, according to official data.

However, in seven states and union territories, less than 25 per cent households have access to tap water.

These states and union territories are Assam (22 per cent), Rajasthan (20.89 per cent), Ladakh (16.32 per cent), Jharkhand (15.12 per cent), West Bengal (13.48 per cent), Chhattisgarh (13.17 per cent) and Uttar Pradesh. (12.72 percent).

According to the data shared by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, out of 19,22,49,980 households, 8,31,03,880 households have so far provided tap water connections for 43.23 per cent.

Further, as per the data, 5,07,41,042 (26.39 per cent) households have been provided with water connections since the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission in 2019.

Goa, Telangana, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu and Haryana have supplied tap water to 100 per cent households.

Jal Jeevan Mission aims to provide safe and adequate drinking water to all households in rural India through individual household tap connections by 2024.

Officials said last week, a mid-year review of the implementation of the scheme was conducted by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, where the progress of the states was assessed.

In evaluation with Himachal Pradesh, the state has committed to provide tap connections to 100% households by 2022.

An official said the Center has asked Himachal Pradesh to give priority to “aspirational districts” and start work in all remaining villages at the earliest.

In the mid-year review of the implementation of JJM in Punjab, the state has shown progress that it is already achieving more than the annual planned target.

The official said the Center has asked Punjab to give priority to habitations affected by heavy metals and aspirational districts.

In 117 aspirational districts, 1,22,33,458 (36.18 per cent) households have been provided with tap water connections.

As per the data, 7,98,199 schools have been provided with tap water supply, which is 77.45 per cent of the total schools and 7,73,848 Anganwadi Centers (AWCs) have been provided with tap water supply, which is 69.04 per cent. is responsible for. Total Anganwadi Center.

According to official data, schools in 12 states and union territories have 100 per cent tap water connections, while schools in 10 states and union territories have more than 75 per cent tap water connections.

According to the data, Jharkhand is the only state where only 17.97 per cent of the schools have tap water.

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