The Gajendra Singh Shekhawat-led Ministry of Jal Shakti has approved Rs 465 crore as performance incentive grant to the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, and Gujarat.
Despite the challenges arising out of tough terrain and forested areas, five Northeastern States have qualified for the performance incentive grant under the scheme which has been formulated to ensure that every rural household in the nation is provided with an assured tap water supply by 2024.
The Government has already equipped 3.16 crore households with tap water connections under the JJM, despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdowns. Also, since the launch of the JJM in 2019, more than four crore households have received tap water connections under the programme.
The total number of rural households with tap water supply stood at 3.23 crore in August 2019, a tally which has since risen to 7.20 crore households, thus ensuring a 37.6 per cent coverage.
It should be noted that so far, Goa and Telangana are the only two States in the entire nation to have become “Har Ghar Jal” States, with Andaman and Nicobar Islands being the only Union Territory (UT) to have accomplished the feat. In total, all households in 55 districts and 85,000 villages of the country have been equipped with tap water supply.