Kohima, May 26 (NEx): The Central Government has allocated Rs. 444.81 crore to Nagaland State Under Jal Jeevan Mission for the year 2021-22, of which Rs 111.20 crore was released on Tuesday, alongwith other Northeast states, Ministry of Jal Shakti informed on Tuesday.
The Government of India released Rs. 1,605 Crore to 8 North Eastern States for the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission to provide tap water supply to rural homes in the financial year 2021-22, informed Ministry of Jal Shakti.
Central government had allocated a total of Rs. 9,262 Crore as central grant for NE States under Jal Jeevan Mission during financial year 2021-22. First tranche of Rs. 1,605 Crore has been released to 8 Northeast states, it informed.
Out of the Central fund allocated under Jal Jeevan Mission, 93% of the fund is to be utilized on developing water supply infrastructure, 5% on support activities and 2% on water quality monitoring & surveillance activities, it said.
Along with Nagaland State, Arunachal Pradesh received Rs. 253.38 crore, Assam Rs 700 cr, Manipur Rs. 120.30 cr, Meghalaya Rs. 169.60 cr, Mizoram Rs. 75.97 cr, Sikkim Rs. 31.20 cr and Tripura Rs. 142.91 cr, Ministry of Jal Shakti informed.
The Central funds are released by Government of India based on the output in terms of tap water connections to be provided in the States/ UTs and the utilization of available Central and matching State share, said the Ministry of Jal Shakti.
The Jal Shakti Ministry also mentioned that States have to transfer Central fund released along with matching State share to the single Nodal Account within 15-days of release of Central fund. The States have to make provision for matching State share and ensure that there is no shortage of funds to the implementing agencies. Proper expenditure plan prepared so that expenditure is evenly spread throughout the year.
There are about 90 lakh rural households in all the Northeast States, with maximum 63.35 lakh in Assam. In 2020-21, about 11 lakh new tap water connections were provided in all these States. As on today, 16.27 lakh households (18%) in the region are getting tap water supply in these States in comparison to 3.2 lakh (3%) households on 15 August, 2019, when Prime Minister announced the Jal Jeevan Mission.
As top priority being accorded by the Government, the budgetary allocation for Jal Jeevan Mission has increased significantly to Rs. 50,011 Crore in 2021-22. In addition to this, 15th Finance Commission tied-grants of Rs. 26,940 Crore will be also available to PRIs for ‘water and sanitation’ services. Further, fund is also available through matching State share and externally aided projects. Thus, in 2021-22, more than Rs. 1 lakh Crore is planned to be invested in the country on ensuring tap water supply to rural homes.
It is expected that this kind of investment is likely to continue over the next three years to achieve the goal of ‘Har Ghar Jal’. This huge investment in rural areas of the country will not only boost local economic activities, thereby lifting the rural economy, it will also provide meaningful employment opportunities to local people, Ministry of Jal Shakti stated.
Announced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 15th August, 2019, with the aim to provide assured tap water supply to every rural home by 2024, Jal Jeevan Mission is being implemented in partnership with States/ UTs. Despite challenges faced due to COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, over 4.20 Crore (21.87%) households have been provided with tap water supply. Now, 7.44 Crore (39%) rural households are getting potable water through taps.
Goa, Telangana, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Puducherry have become ‘Har Ghar Jal’ State/ UT. Further, following the principle of equity and inclusiveness i.e. ‘no one in the village is left out’, under Jal Jeevan Mission assured tap water supply made to every rural family living in 61 districts and over 90 thousand villages. States/ UTs are now focusing on the target to ensure that every household in the country gets safe drinking water, so that ‘no one in the village is left out’, it stated.