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J&K to provide potable water for every school and Anganwadi by December 2022.

J&K to provide potable water for every school and Anganwadi by December 2022.

CHANDIGARH—Jal Shakti Ministry reviewed the progress of implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in J and K and the state is all set to fulfill the prime minister’s vision of piped potable water for every school and Anganwadi center within 100 days. The J and K government planned potable water to all by December 2022 and is well ahead of the national goal of coverage potable water to all by 2023-24.

There are around 18.17 lakh households in J and K, out of which 8.38 lakhs (46 per cent) have already been provided with tap water connections. The government has allocated Rs 681.77 Crore as Central share under JJM for this financial year. The UT is eligible for additional allocation based on physical and financial performance. Thus J&K will be a leading example to accomplish the ambitious target of providing tap connection to every rural home.

The J and K government has finalized the Village Action Plan (VAP) in respect of 4,038 villages. VAP comprises of components such as source strengthening, water supply, grey water management and operation & maintenance. Convergence planning to be done at the lowest level i.e. village/ Gram Panchayat, for source strengthening, water harvesting, aquifer recharge, water treatment and grey-water management, etc., for which dovetailing of resources from MGNREGS, 15th Finance Commission Grants for PRIs, SBM (G), CSR funds, Local Area Development funds, etc could be used for judicious use of funds.

In order to assess the progress of implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in States/ UTs, a mid-year review of all States and UTs is being undertaken by the National Jal Jeevan Mission team, Ministry of Jal Shakti through video conferencing where States/UTs are presenting the status of the provision of tap water connection to rural households as well as the institutional mechanisms in place and the way forward to ensure universal coverage. Jammu & Kashmir presented their progress on the implementation of JJM in the Union Territory today.

Stress was given on the constitution of Village Water & Sanitation Committees so that the local village community/ Gram Panchayats and or its sub-committee/ user groups to be involved in planning, implementation, management, operation and maintenance of water supply systems in villages to ensure the long-term sustainability of water supply systems to achieve drinking water security in rural areas. The UT was asked to organize training for capacity building of Gram Panchayat functionaries as well as other stakeholders and also to focus on skill development training in villages to create a pool of trained human resources at the village level, which will be very helpful in implementation as well O&M of water supply systems.

By YS.Rana: Principal Correspondent.

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