Rural development must be brought to the fore and quality must be assured: PM Modi

“Develop a strategy, use technology to track progress and set accountability as the country sets a target of providing around 4 Crore piped water connections to rural households this year,” the Prime Minister said. , Shri Narendra Modi, during a webinar under the theme ‘Leaving No Citizen Supports the Effective and Efficient Implementation of the Positive Impact of the Union Budget 2022 on Water and Sanitation which has held today.

Union Minister, Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of State, Jal Shakti, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State, Jal Shakti Shri Bishweswar Tudu, Secretary, DDWS, Smt. Vini Mahajan, Addl. DDWS Secretary, Shri Arun Baroka, along with key WASH stakeholders, the UN agency, government officials, industry and technical experts in the field, were present for the occasion. This series of webinars is part of the new practice of exchange and dialogue with the various actors associated with the program.

Addressing the webinar, the Prime Minister said that “a clear roadmap must be established so that the States/UTs can achieve the target within the time frame. Priority must be given to the North East Border States , hilly regions and ambitious districts”.

The Prime Minister further said, “Rural development must be brought to the fore and quality must be assured. Funds are not lacking to achieve the goal of reaching every rural household with a piped water connection from ‘here 2024’.

The webinar was coordinated by the Ministry of Rural Development in which ten different ministries participated under the theme “Leaving no citizen behind”. Panelists for the breakout session on Har Ghar Jal and Har Ghar Ujjwala were Shri K. Asok Kumar, Executive Vice President and Head of L&T, Shri Nicholas Osbert, Head of WASH UNICEF India, Shri G Mathi Vathnan, Principal Secretary, Housing and Odisha Urban Development, Shri Divanshu Kumar, CEO Solinas Integrity, Shri R. Mukundan, MD & CEO Tata Chemicals, Shri Girish Krishnamurthy, VP Tata Sons, Shri Rameshwar Rao, Engineering Staff College Hyderabad, Shri Amit Naphade Krushi Vikas vs Gramin Prashikshan Sanstha Buldana , Dr Kamal Bahuguna , Himalayan Institute for Environment Dehradun, Shri Gopala Krishnan, Rtd Chief Engineer Coimbatore and Shri Shailesh Bagauli, Secretary Urban Development Uttarakhand. The session was moderated by Smt Vini Mahajan, Secretary, Drinking Water and Sanitation.

The breakout session on ‘Har Ghar Jal’ was chaired by Union Minister Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Addressing the August assembly, the Union Minister said: “Drinking water has tremendous health effects with reduced incidence of waterborne diseases. Harmony funds received from JJM , 15th Finance Commission, SBM and MGNREGA should be utilized for water source enhancement and groundwater recharge.”

Shri Shekhawat added, “The Jal Jeevan mission has greatly reduced the drudgery women and girls face in fetching water from long distances. Today, more than 9 Crore households have been connected to tap water in a short period of 2.5 years 1.37 Crore households in aspirational districts received tap water while 1.23 Crore households in water quality affected region water JE-AES have access to clean tap water.

Minister of State Jal Shakti, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel speaking on the occasion said: “there is a need to pick up the pace if the target of reaching every rural household by 2024 is to be achieved. for which DPRs must be developed and approved in record time. Efforts should be made to prioritize work in dwellings affected by water quality and SC/ST “leaving no one behind”, regardless of the socio-economic stratum of society to which they belong. The bidding process within government needs to be streamlined so that time is not wasted. Believing in transparency and accountability, all information regarding the progress of the program can be viewed on the dashboard.”

The DDWS secretary said that Rs 60,000 Crore has been allocated in the current financial year under the Union budget. Har Ghar Jal plays an important role in ending the drudgery faced by women and girls when they walk long distances in search of clean water to meet daily household needs. Healthy competition between villages to become water secure should be encouraged.”

Shri K. Asok Kumar Exe VP & Head L&T said that “Har Ghar Jal” is an ambitious program of the national government. As the country is on the verge of providing 50% of its population with a piped water connection, there is a need to develop a combined multi-village and single widow clearance program which should include land acquisition from from different departments. »

Shri Nicholas Osbert, Chief WASH of UNICEF, said: “The ‘Har Ghar Jal’ program shows political will as large sums are allocated for the implementation of the program which will in turn encourage leaders to working to achieve the SDGs. Nearly 7.55 million micro-jobs have been created. was created, which is crucial as the world was in the grip of three waves of Covid. Safe and clean water has dramatically improved the lives of women and marginalized populations with the “ease of living” with dignity. »

Shri Girish Krishnamurthy, Vice President of Tata Sons, spoke about the mobile application developed by Jal Jeevan Mission, which greatly contributes to the digital monitoring of the program by the various stakeholders. He added that the Tata Group is supporting the government through its 15 pilot projects spread across 10 states across the country.

Shri Amit Naphade of Krushi Vikas vs. Gramin Prashikshan Sanstha Buldana shared her perspective on the importance of community engagement while developing the village action plan. He said ”A Jal Sakshar mobile application has been developed and is receiving good response from ground level stakeholders. The groups formed during the training program share their experiences even after the training and support each other to find a solution to the problems they face. regularly.”

The Himalayan Institute for Environment Dehradun is engaged as the implementation support agency by Uttarakhand. Dr. Kamal Bahuguna from the institute shared his experience in the field on how the baseline survey is conducted by the Pani Samiti. Efforts are made to strengthen existing water sources, including springs, to ensure program sustainability. People contribute 5% of its funds to infrastructure development as per JJM guidelines.”

Smt Vini Mahajan, DDWS Secretary, summarized the session and shared the main takeaways as highlighted by the various panelists. The session’s discussion and suggestions faithfully reflect Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas aur Sabka Prayas”. 100 districts, 1,144 blocks, 66,763 gram panchayats and 1,37,940 villages became “Har Ghar Jal”. Three states – Goa, Telangana and Haryana and three UTs – A&N Islands, D&N Haveli & Daman & Diu and Puducherry provided 100% tap water coverage. Other states are moving fast and are on the verge of achieving 100% coverage shortly. Of these, Punjab accounts for 99%, Himachal Pradesh 93%, Gujarat 92% and Bihar 90%. All have set 2022 as the deadline for reaching every rural household with tap water.

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