Government has announced the Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) in the Union Budget 2021-22 on the lines of Jal Jeevan Mission (Rural). In her budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sithraman said, it will be implemented over five years, with an outlay of two lakh 87 thousand crore rupees.
AIR correspondent reports that the government has set aside 50 thousand crore rupees for drinking water and ten thousand crore rupees for sanitation. The budget has been increased to provide tap water connection to the houses of the villages, the poor and the farmer.
The government has taken this important step to provide pure drinking water in villages as well as cities. The budget allocation for Jal Jeevan Mission has increased by 450 per cent this year. The total budget of the Ministry has also increased by about 180 per cent, which shows the priority and seriousness of the government on the issue of water.
The work to provide tap water connections to over 19 crore rural households under the Jal Jeevan Mission (Rural) by 2024 was going on at a rapid pace. Six crore 56 lakh households had already been provided tap connections across the country. Goa and Telangana have now access to 100 per cent potable tap water in the rural housholds.