first_imgNew Delhi: Given the water crisis taking centrestage, the government on Friday announced to ensure piped water supply to all rural households by 2024 under the Jal Jeevan Mission.While presenting her maiden Union Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the newly set up Jal Shakti Ministry will work with states to ensure that every rural house gets water by 2024. Sitharaman’s pledge of “har ghar jal” got massive applause during her Budget presentation in the Lok Sabha. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Ensuring India’s water security and providing access to safe and adequate drinking water to all Indians is a priority of the government,” she said. The government has allocated Rs 10,000 core for the National Rural Drinking Water Mission in the 2019-20 Budget as against Rs 5,500 crore in the 2018-19 (Revised) Budget. She said that the Jal Jeevan Mission will focus on integrated demand and supply side management of water at the local level, including creation of local infrastructure for source sustainability like rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge and management of household waste water for reuse in agriculture. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe minister said that 1,592 blocks spread across 256 districts which were critical and over exploited had been identified for the Jal Shakti Abhiyan. Besides using funds available under various schemes, the government will explore the possibility of using additional funds available under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for this purpose, Sitharaman said. The Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has got Rs 8,245 crore in this budget. It got Rs 7,612 crore in the 2018-19 (revised) budget. Soon after the announcement of Jal Jeevan Mission, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hailed the Union Finance Minister for adopting “har ghar jal” scheme, which was first started by his government in the state. “The chief minister has welcomed the ‘har ghar jal’ scheme saying in Bihar. The ‘har ghar nal ka jal’ is already being pursued as part of the saat nishchay (seven resolves),” an official release said. The seven resolves were made by Kumar ahead of the 2015 assembly polls which included measures like employment to youths through skill development, uninterrupted power supply to all households and construction of toilets. While hailing the Union Budget, Bihar’s Information & Broadcasting Minister Neeraj Kumar, said, “Given that Bihar CM is known for “politics with difference”, the adoption of state’s piped water scheme by the Centre certifies that Nitish Kumar government is committed for the welfare of every section of the society.”last_img

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