Jal Jeevan Mission has provided tap water supply to more than 97 lakh households in 61 Japanese Encephalitis – Acute Encephalitis Syndrome affected districts. Jal Shakti Ministry said, the tap water has been supplied to these priority districts in a short span of 22 months. The Mission has significantly strengthened the preventive measures to reduce spread of Japanese Encephalitis by providing clean tap water supply to economically poor households in the affected districts of Assam, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
On 15th August, 2019, when Jal Jeevan Mission was announced, only eight lakh households in 61 Japanese Encephalitis affected districts across the five States had tap water supply. The Ministry said, after implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission, now more than one crore household have assured tap water supply in these affected districts. More than 462 Crore rupees have been allocated to these States as Japanese Encephalitis – Acute Encephalitis Syndrome component for 2021-22.
Japanese Encephalitis – Acute Encephalitis Syndrome is a serious health hazard. The disease mostly affects children and young adults which can lead to morbidity and mortality. These infections particularly affect malnourished children of poor economic backgrounds.