10.62 lakh rural households in J&K UT have tap water supply under JJM

VIKAS SHARMA
JAMMU AUG 5: Of total 18.35 lakh rural households in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir as on date, 10.62 lakh (57.86 percent) households have tap water supply under the flagship scheme Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).
As per the Annual Action Plan (AAP) 2022-23, as many as 7.74 lakh rural households in the UT are to be provided with the tap water connections. Even though the erstwhile J&K still has its task cut out to provide tap water connections to more than 7 lakh households but it has improved its performance to some extent by adding tap water connections in the last three years.
As per data available, there were a total of 18.17 lakh rural households in J&K UT as on August 15, 2019, only 5.75 lakh (31.67 percent) households were provided with tap water connections.
In May this year, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had reviewed the progress of JJM and Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G) during a high-level meeting with the officials of Union Ministry and UT Administration.
LG had reiterated the UT administration’s commitment to provide assured basic services to the people living in rural areas. He stated that both JJM and SBM were the top priority of the Government of India (GoI) and UT Administration. LG directed the Chief Engineers of Jal Shakti Department to expedite the tendering and allotment process for different works under JJM.
At the time of announcement of JJM, out of 18.93 crore rural households, mere 3.23 crore (17 percent) households were reported to have tap water connections. So far, 6.57 crore (34.32 percent) rural households have been provided with tap water connections in the last 35 months. As of date, out of 19.15 crore rural households in the country, around 9.81 Crore (51.22 percent) households are reported to have tap water supply in their homes.
Pertinently, the centre government has restructured and subsumed the ongoing National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NDWP) into Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) to provide Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every household, i.e., Har Ghar Nal Se Jal (HGNSJ) by 2024.
The outlay of the programme is Rs 3.60 lakh crore over a span of five years wherein central share is Rs 2.08 lakh crore. Overall, there were 17.87 crore rural households in the country out of which about 14.60 crore, which accounts for 81.67 percent are yet to have household water tap connections.