Friday, October 2, 2020

A special 100-days campaign launched to connect all schools in villages across India with potable piped water supply | India News

A special 100-days campaign launched to connect all schools in villages across India with potable piped water supply | India News 

NEW DELHI: A special 100-days campaign to provide potable piped water supply in all schools, ‘Anganwadi’ centres and other public institutions across the country was launched by the Centre on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Friday.
These facilities, under the ongoing national ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ (JJM), will be operated and maintained by the Gram Panchayat or its sub-committee — village water and sanitation committee or ‘Paani Samiti’.
As a nodal agency, the public health engineering department of states will spearhead the campaign by involving Gram Panchayats and connect all public institutions including schools, health centres and Anganwadi centres in villages with potable piped water supply within 100 days.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on September 29 appealed to the states to make best use of this campaign to ensure provision of potable piped water supply in these public institutions.
The JJM, launched in August last year, aims at universal coverage of provision of tap water connection to every rural household in the country by 2024. More than 2.30 crore households have been provided tap water connections across the country in the past one year. “As of now, almost 30% of total rural households (5.50 crore) get assured safe tap water in their homes,” claimed the ministry of ‘Jal Shakti’ (water resources) in a statement.
Ahead of the launch of the 100-days special campaign, the Prime Minister had early this week reached out to all ‘Sarpanchs’ and ‘Gram Pradhans’ of the country through a letter for more effective implementation of the JJM to reach the goal of ‘Har Ghar Jal’ (water to every home) by 2024.
Emphasizing on the importance of safe and adequate potable drinking water as an absolute necessity, the Prime Minister in his letter stated how JJM has emerged as a one of its kind programme in which planning, implementation, operation and maintenance roles have been vested with the village communities to ensure drinking water to every home.

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