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Goa becomes first Har Ghar Jal Certified state

  • Published
    20th Aug, 2022
Context

The Centre recently released the list of Har Ghar Jal certified states to declare that the state of Goa had topped the list with every household there having access to clean water through taps.

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What is Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) – Har Ghar Jal?

  • The Government of India’s flagship programme, Jal Jeevan Mission, was unveiled on August 15,
  • By 2024, the goal hopes to provide every rural family in the nation with a reliable in Jal Jeevan Mission, long-term supply of potable tap water in an appropriate amount and of the required quality.
  • The initiative is carried out by the Indian government in collaboration with the States and UTs.
  • It has achieved over 50% coverage across the country.

Goa gets Har Ghar Jal Certificate:

  • The government of Goa, has invested over 200 Cr in the past three years to achieve 100 per cent coverage of tap water connections in the state.
  • Despite numerous setbacks and difficulties encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic, Goa has achieved the success.
  • The tap connection currently provides access to potable water for all schools, anganwadi centres, public institutions, including Gram Panchayat buildings, healthcare facilities, community centres, ashramshalas, and other government structures.

After Goa, several Union Territories (UTs), including Daman and Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, have also completed the 100 per cent coverage by providing tap water connections to over 85 thousand households in rural areas.

Certification

  • According to the certification process outlined in the Jal Jeevan Mission‘s Margdarshika (Har Ghar Jal), the field engineer must first present a completion certificate for the water delivery plan to the Panchayat during a meeting of the Gram Sabha.
  • Through a Gram Sabha resolution, the villages attest that every household has a consistent supply of water of the required quality, with no household being left out.
  • Additionally, they attest to the fact that all public institutions, including schools and anganwadi centres, receive tap water.
  • Haryana, Telangana, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry have reported 100% coverage, but are yet to be certified.
  • While other states such as Punjab (99.9%), Gujarat (97%), Bihar (95.49%), Himachal Pradesh (94.85%) are also inching closer to the target.
  • However, the work is yet to gain momentum in 13 big states, including Uttar Pradesh, which accounts for 95% of the residual work.
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