New Delhi : A team of 8 members from National Jal Jeevan Mission (NJJM) is visiting the State of Maharashtra during 27 — 30 October, 2021 in four districts of Raigad, Sindhudurg, Palghar and Pune. The visiting team will be visiting 3-5 villages daily to see the implementation on ground and sensitise local officers for speedy implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission to ensure ‘Har Ghar Jal’ by 2024.
During the visit, the team will interact with district officials, local village community, members of Gram Panchayat and PaniSamiti. Thereafter, the team will debrief and share their observations with the district officials as well as senior officers of the State Government. Various aspects of programme implementation and progress made under the mission by the State will be discussed to understand the State’s preparedness to meet the saturation deadline for ensuring 100% tap water supply to all rural households.
In Maharashtra, out of a total of 1.42 Crore rural households, 95.30 lakh (66.94%) households have been provided with tap water connections. On 15th August 2019, at the time of launch of Jal Jeevan Mission, 48.43 lakh (34.02%) households had tap water supply. In 26 months, 46.85 lakh households in the State have been provided tap water connections. In 2021-22, the State has planned to provide tap water connections to 27.45 lakh households.
To translate the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make provision of tap water supply to every rural household, Central government has increased the grant-in-aid in 2021-22 to Maharashtra under the Jal Jeevan Mission to Rs. 7,064.41 Crore, which was Rs. 1,828.92 Crores in 2020-21. Union Minister, Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat while approving this four-fold increase in allocation assured full assistance to the State for making provision of tap water supply in every rural home by 2024. In 2021-22, Rs. 2,584 Crore have been allocated to Maharashtra as 15th FC tied grant for water & sanitation to Rural Local Bodies/ PRIs and there is an assured funding of Rs. 13,628 Crore for the next five years i.e. up to 2025-26 to the rural local bodies. This huge investment in rural areas of Maharashtra, will accelerate economic activities and also boost rural economy. It will create income generation opportunities in villages.