When the Modi government launched Jal Jeevan Mission more than a year ago with the pledge to provide every household with a piped water connection before 2024, the ambitious programme reminded one of the ways in which household toilet building under Swachh Bharat Mission created a record. There was enough scope to suggest that just like the Swachh Bharat Mission brought laurels to Modi government’s first five years’ administration, Jal Jeevan Mission may define the second term. The True Picture also wrote Another Movement Like Swachh Bharat Shaping Up? See What Could It be back in June 2019.
A Comparative Figure That Speaks for the Accomplishment
Just like the Swachh Bharat Mission, Jal Jeevan Mission is a programme at scale that touches the grassroots. Back then, one particular comparison spoke for the success of Swachh Bharat.
The number of household toilets built in all the years after the Independence till 2014 were estimated to be 6.5 crore, while post-2014 more than 10 crore household toilets were built under Swachh Bharat Mission.
According to Ministry of Jal Shakti, a record that reminds of accomplishment on a scale similar to Swachh Bharat is emerging. Since Independence till August 2019, a total of 3.23 Crore rural households (out of total 18.93 crore rural households) had tap water connections, but in a short span of 1 year alone, 3.04 Crore new connections have already been provided to rural households under the Jal Jeevan mission.
Mega Effort That Is Bringing Smile at Grassroots
It is not just about achieving some numbers. The impact it is creating at the grassroots perhaps reflects its true accomplishment. Think about those villages that were left out of access to sources of water and people were forced to travel miles away to fetch water even after seven decades of Independence.
Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tweeted a video clip from a village that received piped water connection. That itself captures the impact of Jal Jeevan Mission.
असम की यह बहन अपने घर में ‘नल से जल’ का स्वागत सिर झुकाकर ईश्वर का धन्यवाद देते हुए कर रही हैं। प्रधानमंत्री मोदीजी द्वारा संकल्पित जल जीवन मिशन स्वतंत्रता के वर्षों बाद तक जल जैसी मूलभूत आवश्यकता की कमी झेल रहे लोगों के जीवन को कैसे परिवर्तित कर रहा है यह इस वीडियो से स्पष्ट है। pic.twitter.com/8VV3aXjtrC
— Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (@gssjodhpur) January 8, 2021
Also, one must see how the administration is putting efforts to take the Mission to far-away places that are difficult to access due to terrain.
#JJM is all about assured piped water supply to every home. In #Kashmir, PHE restoration team is heading towards Berandab/Khanchi ‘water head’ site despite extremely difficult conditions to ensure functionality.#JalJeevanMission is changing lives!@gssjodhpur pic.twitter.com/i2Upg6P4wQ
— Jal Jeevan Mission (@jaljeevan_) January 7, 2021
In this mega exercise of providing piped water connection with the motto of ‘Har Ghar Jal’, there are warm stories that tell about the spirit of community participation.
Jal Jeevan Mission – An Account So far
After a year of implementing Jal Jeevan Mission these are some accomplishments in providing the piped water connection to households that clearly show the ground difference emerging rapidly:
- 27 Districts, 458 blocks, 33,516 Gram Panchayats, 66,210 villages have been declared to have achieved ‘Har Ghar Jal’.
- Goa is the first state to provide 100% piped connection. Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, UT of Puducherry are close to achieving 100% coverage.
- 2 states (Bihar, Telangana) and 2 UTs (Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar) are expected to achieve 100% coverage in the year 2021.
- Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Mizoram have seen a rapid increase in coverage.