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The Indian government has allocated Rs. 60,000 crore to the “Har Ghar Nal se Jal” Yojana for the financial year 2022-2023.

This significant allocation highlights that providing potable water to households remains a top priority of the Government.

What is Har Ghar Nal se Jal Scheme?

It was launched in 2019 by the Ministry of Jal Shakti.It is a component of the Government’s Jal Jeevan Mission.

Aim: To provide tap water supply to every rural household and public institutions in villages like schools, anganwadi centres, tribal residential schools, health centres, Gram Panchayat building by 2024.

Implementation: The scheme is being implemented by the Central Government in partnership with state governments. 

The scheme is based on a unique model where paani samitis (water committee) comprising villagers will decide what they will pay for the water they consume. 

The tariff they fix will not be the same for everyone in the village.Those who have large households will pay more while poor households or households where there is no earning member, will be exempted.

What is the status of the Har Ghar Nal se Jal Scheme?

Around 8.7 crore households (nearly 45%) have so far been covered under the scheme.

Several states and union territories have already achieved 100% coverage of tap water connections under the scheme.

These include Goa, Telangana, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Haryana.

However, there remains a disparity among states and UTs.For instance, in Uttar Pradesh, just above 13% of rural households have been provided tap water connections.States like Rajasthan and West Bengal have also seen low coverage.

Source: This post is based on the article “NAL SE JAL SCHEME” published in PIB on 3rd Feb 2022.

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