Imphal, December 08 2021: Under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), the central government has released Rs 120 crore out of the total Rs 481 crore central grant to the state for the year 2021-22 .
The amount is nearly four times the allocation made during 2020-21 .
According to PIB, Manipur plans to make provision of tap water supply to every rural household by September 2022.As on date, out of 4.51 lakh rural households in the state, 2.67 lakh (59.2%) households have tap water connections.
Since announcement of JJM in 2019, about 2.41 lakh households have been provided with tap water supply.
In 2021-22, state plans to provide tap water connections to 2.26 lakh rural households for which Rs 78 crore will be allocated to Manipur under 15th Finance Commission grant for water & sanitation to Rural Local Bodies/PRIs besides an assured funding of Rs 414 crore for the next five years up to 2025-26 to the rural local bodies.
Central government is ensuring that there is no paucity of funds for provision of water supply to rural homes and noted that such huge investment in rural areas will accelerate economic activities and boost rural economy, PIB said in a statement, adding that it will create income generation opportunities in villages.
JJM is a centrally sponsored scheme/mission to provide two water connection to every household across the country.
It was initiated in August 2019 and is implemented in partnership with states.
It is implemented in a decentralised manner following the ‘bottom-up’ approach, wherein the local village community plays a key role starting from planning, implementation to operation and maintenance.
For this, state undertakes activities like strengthening Village Water & Sanitation Committee (VWSC)/Pani Samiti and developing five-year Village Action Plan as well as approving the same in the Gram Sabha, wherein the community deliberates on water supply schemes to be implemented for them.
With focus on public health, more than 2,000 water quality testing laboratories in the country have been opened so that the general population can get their water samples tested whenever they so desire at a nominal cost.
Manipur has 13 water testing laboratories.
As on date 3,265 schools (94.5%) and 7,591 (95.2%) anganwadi centres in Manipur have been provided with tap water supply and is making provisions of piped water supply in these institutions at the earliest.
In sync with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’, the motto of the mission is that ‘no one is left out’ and every rural household is provided with tap water connection.
At present, every household in 83 districts and more than 1.27 lakh villages in the country are receiving tap water supply, it added.