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New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with Gram Panchayats and Pani Samitis/ Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSC) on Jal Jeevan Mission on October 2, 2021 at 11 am via video conferencing. The Prime Minister will launch the Jal Jeevan Mission App for improving awareness among stakeholders and for greater transparency and accountability of schemes under the Mission.

The Prime Minister will also launch Rashtriya Jal Jeevan Kosh, where any individual, institution, corporate, or philanthropist, be it in India or abroad, can contribute to help provide tap water connection to every rural household, school, anganwadi centre, ashramshala, and other public institutions.

Nationwide Gram Sabhas on Jal Jeevan Mission will also take place during the day. The Gram Sabhas will discuss planning and management of village water supply systems and also work towards long-term water security.

Pani Samitis/VWSC: Pani Samitis play a key role in planning, implementation, management, operation and maintenance of village water supply systems, thereby providing clean tap water to every household on a regular and long-term basis.

Out of over 6 lakh villages, Pani Samitis/ VWSCs have been constituted in around 3.5 lakh villages. More than 7.1 lakh women have been trained to test the quality of water by using Field Test Kits, according to a PIB release.

Jal Jeevan Mission : On August 15, 2019, the Prime Minister had announced the Jal Jeevan Mission to provide clean tap water to every household. At the time of launch of the mission, only 3.23 crore (17%) rural households had tap water supply.

Despite Covid-19 pandemic, in the last two years, more than 5 crore households have been provided with tap water connections. As on date, about 8.26 crore (43%) rural households have tap water supply in their homes. Every rural household in 78 districts, 58 thousand Gram Panchayats, and 1.16 lakh villages are getting tap water supply. Till now, tap water supply has been provided  to 7.72 lakh (76%) schools and 7.48 lakh (67.5%) anganwadi centres.

To realise the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’, and following ‘bottom up’ approach, Jal Jeevan Mission is being implemented in partnership with States with a budget of Rs 3.60 lakh crores. Further, Rs. 1.42 lakh crore has been allocated to PRIs as a tied grant under 15th Finance Commission for water and sanitation in villages for the period 2021-22 to 2025-26.