Centre allocates Rs.5,009 Cr to Karnataka under JJM

Jul 8: To translate Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of providing clean tap water to every household, Union government has increased the central grant to Karnataka under the Jal Jeevan Mission in the year 2021-22 to Rs.5,008.79 Crore, which was Rs.1,189.40 Crore in 2020-21. Union Minister, Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat while approving this four-fold increase in allocation has assured full assistance to the State for making provision of tap water supply in every rural home in Karnataka by 2023.

At the start of the Mission in 2019, out of a total of 19.20 Crore rural households in the country, only 3.23 Crore (17%) had tap water supply. During the last 22 months, despite Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown disruptions, Jal Jeevan Mission, has been implemented with speed and 4.42 Crore households have been provided with piped connections. With the increase in coverage by 23.36%, presently 7.66 Crore (40.5%) rural households across the country have tap water supply. Goa, Telangana, Andaman &Nicobar Islands and Puducherry have achieved 100% household connection in rural areas and has become ‘Har Ghar Jal’. Following the principle of Prime Minister’s vision of ‘SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’, the motto of the Mission is that ‘no one is left out’ and every household in a village should be provided with tap water connection. At present, in 69 districts and more than 98 thousand villages, every household has tap water supply.

In Karnataka, out of 91.19 lakh households, 29.96lakh households (32.86%) have been provided with tap water connections. On 15th August 2019, at the time of launch of Jal Jeevan Mission, 24.51 lakh (26.88%) households had tap water supply. In 22 months,only 5.44 lakh households in the State have been provided tap water connections. State has planned to provide tap water connections to 25.17 lakh households in 2021-22, 17.93 lakh tap water connections in 2022-23 and remaining 19.93 lakh tap water connections in 2023-24 to achieve tap water supply for every rural household. The Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri B.S. Yediyurappa in his letter to Union Minister, Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has assured 100% coverage with tap water connection to every household of the State by 2023. 

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