Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech from Lal Qila has announced to launch PM Jal Jeevan Mission. Under this Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal Scheme, the central government aims to ensure piped water supply to all households. This Nal Se Jal Scheme is necessary as half of the country’s population does not have access to piped water supply.
To ensure piped water supply to all families, govt. will spend Rs. 3.5 lakh crore under PM Jal Jeevan Mission. PM has also expressed his confidence in making India completely Open Defecation Free (ODF).
Pradhan Mantri Modi has credited various states, villages and local bodies for building a strong campaign towards it.
PM Jal Jeevan Mission 2019
Even after 70 years of Independence, around 50% of the Indian people does not access to drinking water. Different government’s at the central and state level have worked towards it, but the reality remains the same. People, particularly women, have to walk miles to get drinking water. So from Red Fort, PM Modi has announced the Jal Jeevan Mission.
The central govt. along with the state govt. will move forward towards the Jal Jeevan Mission in the upcoming years. Accordingly for this Jal Shakti abhiyan, govt. will spend a huge amount of Rs. 3.5 lakh crore. All the efforts would be made to conserve water and rejuvenate water sources. For water conservation, efforts needs to quadruple in the upcoming 5 years as compared to what was done in past 7 decades.
The central govt. is committed to provide piped water supply to all households by 2024. Now the central govt. has brought all water related ministries under 1 new Jal Shakti Ministry. The new ministry is going to look at the management of water resources and water supply in an integrated and holistic manner. Govt. will now work with states to ensure Har Ghar Jal to all rural families by 2024 under Jal Jeevan Mission.
PM Modi also quoted the Saint Thiruvalluvar from Tamil Nadu state. He said “if water gets over, the work of nature stops and it would result in destruction.” PM has also quoted Jain Monk Buddhi Sagar who predicted that water would be sold in grocery shops. Currently, people are forced to buy water from such shops. He emphasized that Jal Jeevan Mission should not be a govt. initiative alone. Rather, it must be a mission of people just like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.