Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, March 30
The Union Jal Shakti Ministry has approved an incentive fund of Rs 221 crore under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) for Himachal Pradesh on account of its effective implementation of the Union government’s flagship scheme.
Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat approved the fund for Himachal Pradesh at a review meeting to assess the performance of states in the implementation of JJM.
Provision has been made under JJM for release of additional fund to states as “reward for performing states” as per allocation criteria out of the savings at fag end of the financial year.
JJM is under implementation in partnership with states since August 15, 2019. The mission aims to provide household tap water connection to every rural home in the country by 2024.
The mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In the current financial year, Himachal Pradesh was allocated an amount of Rs 326.20 crore and the entire amount was drawn by the state on account of excellent physical progress.
The state plans 100 per cent coverage of tap water connection in its rural areas by August 2022 ahead of national goal of 2024.
“By doing so, Himachal Pradesh will be one of the leading states to accomplish the ambitious target of providing tap water connection to every rural household,” Jal Shakti Ministry said.
The state has 17 lakh rural households, out of which as on date, 12.95 lakh (76 per cent) are getting tap water supply.
In 2020-21, the state has provided 3.73 lakh household tap water connections against the annual target of 2.44 lakh.
Every household in 8,346 villages of the state is getting tap water supply.
Three districts namely Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti and Una have become 100 per cent ‘Har Ghar Jal’ districts.