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  • In Assam, 9 lakh homes provided tap water supply in last 6 months– on track to become a ‘Har Ghar Jal’ state by 2024.
  • Himachal Pradesh is on the road to becoming ‘Har Ghar Jal’ this year itself – 8.25 lakh households provided with clean tap water since the launch of the mission.

India: Here is the progress report of two states Assam and Himachal Pradesh ‘Har Ghar Jal’ as per the latest briefings given by the state and central governments:

Assam
The Secretary, Department of Drinking water and Sanitation (DDWS) Vini Mahajan recently reviewed the progress of Jal Jeevan Mission and Swachh Bharat Mission with Chief Secretary of Assam, Jishnu Barua. She appreciated the progress made by Assam in providing tap water supply to rural homes during the review meeting on the implementation of the two key missions in the state.

Ms. Vini Mahajan said, “The State of Assam is well on track to achieve the target of providing clean tap water supply to every home by 2024 and the Centre is providing full assistance to the State to achieve the goal.”

Arun Baroka, Additional Secretary, DDWS, S Abbasi, ACS in-charge SBM and JJM, Assam, Samir Sinha, Finance Secretary, Assam and officers of DDWS were also present during this online review.

Ms. Mahajan added, “Jal Jeevan Mission is a decentralized, demand-driven, community-managed water supply scheme which aims to improve the lives of rural people by providing clean tap water supply to every home. She appreciated the work carried out by the State in the past six months.”

 

Speaking on the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission, she said, “While the districts have self-declared themselves Open Defecation Free, but this is not a one-time effort. Efforts under the programme are being made to bring about social and behaviour change for sustainability of the ODF status of villages at all times.” She also emphasized on the urgent need to prioritize supply of tap water in all schools and anganwadi centres of the state.

At the announcement of Jal Jeevan Mission on 15th August 2019, only 1.11 lakh (1.76%) households out of total 63.35 lakh households in the state had access to tap water supply. In about 28 months, 17.46 lakh households have been provided with clean tap water. In the last six months alone, a clean tap water supply has been provided to more than 8.5 lakh households.

Jishnu Barua, Chief Secretary, Assam while presenting the state performance said, “Good progress has been made if we look at the point from where we started with just 1% tap water coverage in the biggest north-eastern state. We progressed well in the last six months. As the State started on a low base it took time to streamline the procedure for implementation of the programme. Now the remaining work will be carried out expeditiously.”

Himachal Pradesh

“The State of Himachal Pradesh is well on track to achieve the target of providing clean tap water supply to every rural home by 2024 and the centre is providing full assistance to the state to achieve the goal”, Ms Vini Mahajan, Secretary DDWS said, as she appreciated the progress made by Himachal Pradesh in providing tap water supply to rural homes during a review meeting with Ram Subhag Singh, Chief Secretary Himachal on implementation of Har Ghar Jal and Swachh Bharat Mission in the state.

Arun Baroka, Additional Secretary, DDWS, Prabodh Saxena, ACS Finance, and Vikas Labroo Secretary, Jal Shakti Vibhag, Himachal Pradesh, were present during the offline review meeting.

She said in her opening remarks, “Jal Jeevan Mission is a decentralized, demand-driven, community-managed water supply scheme which aims to improve the lives of rural people by providing clean tap water supply to every home. She appreciated the excellent work being undertaken in the Himalayan state. Time-to-time campaigns are launched by the state which help in community engagement and sensitization of public on judicious use of water and its conservation to ensure its regular supply with adequate pressure.”

 

Speaking on the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission, she said, “While the districts have self-declared themselves Open Defecation Free, but this is not a one-time effort. Efforts under the programme are being made to bring about social and behaviour change for sustainability of the ODF status of villages at all times.”

 

Ms. Mahajan congratulated the state for providing 100% tap water connection in school and anganwadis. She said, “It will help in reducing water-borne ailments among children as safe water is provided to children for drinking and for cooking mid-day meal to the school administration. Providing water in learning centres enables handwashing and toilet usage which is so important during ongoing pandemic.”

 

Ram Saubhag Singh, Chief Secretary, Himachal Pradesh while presenting the state performance said, “good progress has been made by the state as it ranks 8th in the country to provision tap connection in rural household. Efforts will be made to provide remaining tap water connections within few months.”

 

Mr. Singh said, “At the time of announcement of Jal Jeevan Mission on 15th August, 2019, only 7.62 lakh (44.19%) households out of total 17.27 lakh households in the State had access to tap water supply. In about 28 months, 8.25 lakh households have been provided with clean tap water. The achievement made by the State is noteworthy because of Covid-19, lockdowns and difficult terrain.”

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