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There has been a massive increase in rural household tap connections under Jal Jeevan Mission

The Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), which is a centrally sponsored scheme, is being implemented since August, 2019, in partnership with States in order to make provision for potable tap water supply on a regular and long-term basis by 2024.

In August 2019, when JJM was announced by the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, only 3.23 rural households were reported to have tap water connections. But now, as on March 13, 2023, the States and UTs have reported that about 8.18 crore additional rural households have been provided with tap water connections under JJM. Hence, out of 19.42 crore rural households in the country, around 11.41 crore (58.77%) households were reported to have tap water supply in their homes.

A ‘State Action Plan’ has been prepared by the States and UTs under JJM, which projects the year-wise target of household connections.

Additionally, using a standard statistical sampling method, the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation conducts a yearly evaluation of the efficiency of household tap water connections given under the mission. In the functional evaluation that was done in February-April, 2022, it was discovered that 86% of homes had tap connections that were functional. Out of these, 85% received water in a sufficient amount, 80% received water on a regular basis in accordance with their piped water supply scheme's water supply schedule, and 87% of households received water that met the required water quality standards.

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