Monday, October 18, 2021

PM Modi launches Jal Jeevan Mission App; says this is a village-driven-women-driven Movement

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, i.e, 2nd October 2021 launched the Jal Jeevan Mission App with the view to improve awareness among stakeholders in order to facilitate greater transparency and accountability of schemes under the Jal Jeevan Mission. In the event, PM also interacted with Gram Panchayats and Pani Samitis/Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSC) on Jal Jeevan Mission today via video conferencing. Not only this, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi also dedicated Rashtriya Jal Jeevan Kosh to the nation where any individual, institution, corporation, or philanthropist, be it in India or abroad, can contribute to help provide tap water connection in every rural household, school, Anganwadi centre, ashram shala, and other public institutions.

During the course of the interaction, Prime Minister enquired the beneficiaries and the Samities about the impact of Jal Jeevan Mission in their constituency and village. Girijakant Tiwari of district Banda from Uttar Pradesh informed that due to the Mission, their village is receiving safe and clean water and as a result, it has improved the lives of women of the village. Likewise, many Samities, Village Water and Sanitation Committees belonging to various constituencies and villages expressed gratitude on receiving tap water connection alongside safe and clean drinking water.

This is a village-driven-women-driven Movement: PM Modi

As various initiatives are launched on the occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in the address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said villages were part of the hearts of Bapu and Lal Bahadur Shastri. He expressed gratitude that on this day, people from lakhs of villages across the country are organizing ‘Jal Jeevan Samvad’ in the form of ‘Gram Sabhas’.

In his address, PM stated that the vision of Jal Jeevan Mission is not only to make water accessible to the people but rather, this is a village-driven- women-driven Movement. PM also recalled the measures and initiatives taken during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujurat for Gram Swaraj such as Nirmal Gaon for ODF villages, Jal Mandir Abhiyan to revive old Baories and wells in villages, Jyotirgram for 24-hour electricity in villages, Teerth Gram for camaraderie in villages, e-Gram for broadband in villages.

Under the Mission, PM informed that he worked to involve local communities in the planning and management of schemes and with a focus on water and cleanliness, more than 2.5 lakh crore rupees has been allocated to Gram Panchayats. Jal Jeevan Mission and Paani Samities are a key example of the Central Government’s commitment to Gram Swaraj, he said.

5 crore households have been connected with water connection: PM Modi

“From independence till 2019, only 3 crore households in our country had access to tap water. Since the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission in 2019, 5 crore households have been connected with water connections,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed in his address. Today, water is reaching every household in about 1.25 lakh villages in about 80 districts of the country. In the Aspirational districts, the number of tap connections has increased from 31 lakh to 1.16 crore.

During this time, various measures have been taken in terms of sanitation, empowerment and basic facility for women as well including toilets in every home and school, affordable sanitary pads, nutrition support during pregnancy and immunisation have strengthened the ‘MatraShakti’.

Prime Minister informed that most of the 2.5 crore houses constructed in the villages are in the name of women, Ujjwala has relieved women of smoke-filled life. He also informed that there have been 13 times increase in the last seven years in support to women under National Livelihood Mission as compared to five preceding years to 2014.

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