Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the Gram Panchayats and Pani Samitis/ Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSC) on Jal Jeevan Mission through video conferencing in New Delhi on October 02, 2021. (PIB)
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Gram Panchayats and Pani Samitis / Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSC) on Jal Jeevan Mission today through video conference. He launched the Jal Jeevan Mission App for improving awareness among stakeholders and for greater transparency and accountability of schemes under the Mission.
He also launched Rashtriya Jal Jeevan Kosh, where any individual, institution, corporation, or philanthropist, be it in India or abroad, can contribute to help provide tap water connection in every rural household, school, Anganwadi centre, ashram shala, and other public institutions. Along with members of Gram Panchayats and Pani Samitis, Union Ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahlad Singh Patel, Bishweswar Tudu, Chief Ministers and Ministers from states were present.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said villages were part of the hearts of Bapu and Bahadur Shastri ji.
The Prime Minister said the vision of Jal Jeevan Mission is not just to make water accessible to the people but this is also a big movement of Decentralization.
“This is a village-driven- women-driven Movement. Its main base is a mass movement and public participation” he said.
The Prime Minister recalled that Gandhiji used to say that the real meaning of ‘Gram Swaraj’ is to be full of self-confidence.
“That’s why it has been my constant effort that this thinking of Gram Swaraj should move forward towards accomplishments,” said the Prime Minister.
PM Modi said from independence till 2019, only 3 crore households in our country had access to tap water. Since the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission in 2019, 5 crore households have been connected with water connections.
“Today, water is reaching every household in about 1.25 lakh villages in about 80 districts of the country. In the aspirational districts, the number of tap connections have increased from 31 lakh to 1.16 crore.”
He noted that in just two years, more work has been done than was done in the last seven decades. He appealed to every citizen of the country who lives in an abundance of water, to make more efforts to save water. (Press Release)