New Delhi: With last year’s balance and current year’s allocation under the Jal Jeevan Mission clubbed with allocation as Finance Commission grant, all totalling beyond Rs. 15,000 crore, it is raining funds from the Centre for Uttar Pradesh to ensure rural households get water tap.
The Central funding’s major portion is part of its flagship scheme Jal Jeevan Mission, an ambitious programme to, as per the Ministry’s claim, “translate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of providing clean tap water to every household and freeing women and girls from the drudgery of fetching water from a distance.”
The current year’s allocation came after the Union Jal Shakti Ministry targeted to cover a population of 39 lakh in 1,262 villages of 33 districts under the Jal Jeevan Mission for the year 2021-22 taking the total households that will get tap water connections to about 4 lakh rural households.
“With this year’s Central allocation of Rs. 10,870 crore and with an opening balance of Rs. 466 crore available with the Uttar Pradesh state government, the state’s matching share of 2021-22 and shortfall in matching state share of previous years, the total assured fund available for the implementation of JJM in Uttar Pradesh is more than Rs. 23,500 crore. Thus, the government of India is ensuring that there is no paucity of funds for the implementation of this transformational mission in the state of Uttar Pradesh,” the Ministry of Jal Shakti said in a release on Friday November 12.
Further, Rs. 4,324 crore have been allocated to Uttar Pradesh as 15th Finance Commission tied grant for water & sanitation to Rural Local Bodies/Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in 2021-22, the release said.
Plus, there is assured funding of Rs. 22,808 crore tied grant for the next five years that is, up to 2025-26. “This huge investment in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh will accelerate economic activities and also boost the rural economy. It will create income-generating opportunities in villages,” the Ministry said.
The National Jal Jeevan Mission has already released Rs. 2,400 crore grant-in-aid to Uttar Pradesh during 2021-22. In 2019-20, Central government had allocated Rs. 1,206 crore to Uttar Pradesh for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission, which was increased to Rs. 2,571 crore in 2020-21.
Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, while approving this four-fold increase in allocation in 2021-22, had assured full assistance to the state for making provision of tap water supply in every rural home by 2024.
The Jal Jeevan Mission was launched in July 2019 as a campaign for water conversation and security in mission mode by the Ministry of Jal Shakti.