State Bureau. Bengal has decided to join the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ of the Center aimed at supplying drinking water from the pipeline to rural families. A senior official gave this information. He said that the Center allowed the state government to sponsor part of the project cost which was to be borne by the beneficiaries. The state then decided.
The official said that the scheme would be implemented on a 50:50 cost sharing basis with the central government in Bengal. He said, ‘We have got the approval from the Center in this regard.’
Taking proper cognizance of the condition of potable water in different parts of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Water Life Mission. However, West Bengal did not join it. But, now I am going to join. Jal Jeevan Mission is a flagship program of the government, which aims to improve people’s lives by providing safe drinking water to every rural household by 2024 through a smooth household tap connection (FHTC). This mission includes the true spirit of cooperative federalism. This life-changing mission focuses on the core principles of equity and inclusion, that is, each family in the village will be given a water tap connection in their homes. The Water Life Mission (JJM) emphasizes service delivery among the people rather than building infrastructure.
So far only 2.19 lakh households in rural areas in Bengal have tap connections
The Ministry has been informed that the Central Government has approved the Annual Action Plan for the implementation of the Water Life Mission in Bengal. The Bengal government has planned to provide 100 per cent tap connection to all households in the state by 2024. Out of 1.63 crore rural households in Bengal, only 2.19 lakh households have been provided with null connections. The state government plans to provide tap connections to 55.60 lakh households in the year 2020-21.
It has sufficient funds to implement this program in Bengal. In the year 2019-20, Rs 993.88 crore was released to the state from the central fund, out of which only Rs 428.37 crore was also used and the rest of the amount remains with the state government.
In the year 2020-21, Rs 5,770 crore will be available under the Jal Jeevan Mission to provide domestic tap connections in Bengal including the state’s share. In addition, the state may also be provided with additional funds in the form of performance incentives based on the progress of the implementation of the program. It is necessary to mention here that on July 6 last month, Mamta Banerjee, while laying the foundation of a new project of Rs 58 thousand crore under the name of Jal Swapna, declared her dream plan and announced that in the next five years, two crore people of Bengal Pure water will be delivered to the house. However, now the central government has agreed to join the scheme.