New Delhi: Karnataka presented its Annual Action Plan underJal Jeevan Mission today via video conference with details of the State’s action plan for the year 2021-22 as well as saturation plan for the whole State.
In 2021-22, the State plans to provide 25 lakh tap water connections in rural areas of the State, said Ministry of Jal Shakti in a press release.
Karnataka has 91.19 lakh rural households, out of which only 28.44 lakh (31.2%) have tap water supply. So far, 23 Panchayats and 676 villages in the State have been declared ‘Har Ghar Jal’, which means every rural household tap water supply.
“95% Schools and 95% Anganwadi Centres, 84% Ashramshalas, 91% Gram Panchayat buildings and 92% Health Centres have piped water connections in Karnataka.”
The State plans to cover the learning centres, GP building and Health centres in next few months. There is urgent need for grey water management and behaviour change among people so that water, which is a limited resource, is used judiciously.
Karnplans to cover 17,111 villages falling under the priority category i.e. drought prone and desert region, SC/ ST dominated habitations, Aspirational districts, etc. in the current financial year, the release said.
The national committee analyzed and advised on the Plan presented by the State. The State was urged to gear up and make concerted efforts to not just complete the task from last year but also fast-track the work planned for the current year.
In 2021-22, out of 30 districts in Karnataka, the State plans for complete saturation of 2 districts ensuring 100% tap water connections to rural households. The committee emphasized the need to test the water supplied in not just the household but also in schools and anganwadi centres.
To ensure transparency and accountability, a robust Grievance redressal mechanism has been developed by the State of Karnataka called ‘Bhoomi online – Parihara. It provides quick and easy mechanism of grievance redressal related to drinking water supply also on daily basis.
JJM is a flagship programme of the Union Government, which aims to provide piped potable water to every rural household. (PR)