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Centre allocates Rs. 1,804 Crore grant to Kerala under Jal Jeevan Mission to make provision of tap water supply to every home

 THIRUANATHPURAM:To translate the Prime Minister  Narendra Modi’s vision of ensuring clean tap water to every household by 2024, Union government has increased the Central grant to Kerala under the Jal Jeevan Mission in the year 2021-22 to Rs 1,804.59 Crore, which was Rs 404.24 Crore in 2020-21.

Union Minister, Jal Shakti,  Gajendra Singh Shekhawat while approving this more than four-fold increase in allocation has assured full assistance to the State for making provision of tap water supply in every rural home by 2023.

In Kerala, on 15th August 2019, at the time of launch of Jal Jeevan Mission, out 67.14 lakh households, only 16.64 lakh (24.78%) households had tap water supply. In the last 22 months, 6.36 lakh households in the State have been provided tap water connections.

 

 

 Thus, now 23.00 lakh households (34.26%) in the State have provision of tap water supply. However, the increase in tap water supply coverage in the State has been less than 10% against the national average of 22%.

Presently, in Kerala there are still 44.14 lakh households without provision of tapwater supply. As decided in the meeting between Chief Minister, Kerala and Union Jal Shakti Minister Shri Shekhawat, all households are to be provided tap water connections by 2023. Under Jal Jeevan Mission, the State Government has planned to provide tap water connections to 29.37 lakh households in 2021-22, 6.68 lakh in 2022-23 and 5.54 lakhin 2023-24 to achieve the goal of every household with assured tap water supply. The Ministry of Jal Shakti has expressed its deep concern about very slow pace of implementation as only 4.04 lakh households were provided tap water connections in 2020-21.

Union Minister, Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has written a letter to the Chief Minister of Kerala, urging him to review the Jal Jeevan Mission in the State every month to expedite the planning, approval of schemes, tendering process and implementation of the water supply schemes.

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