Bihar state Jal jeewan mission (har ghar jal) annual action plan approved

The state of Bihar presented its Jal Jeevan Mission Annual Action Plan to the Ministry of Jal Shakti for consideration and approval, with a plan to include 100% of all households with an ongoing tap water connection by 2020-21. The Bihar state government has set an ambitious target of providing tap connections to all remaining households. This is a very big goal, but the state government has prepared a roadmap to achieve this goal. A reasonable plan is being made to cover all 38 districts 100% during the year 2020-21. The Government of Bihar is paying special attention to providing 100% running domestic tap connection (FHTC) in the aspirational districts, quality affected settlements and SC / ST villages. Due to the abundance of ground water and surface water in Bihar, the state is making all efforts in this regard.

The state plans to provide tap connections to the remaining 1.50 crore homes in 2020-21. The Government of India has allocated 1832.66 crores for this during the year 2020-21.

During the scorching summer and the Kovid-19 epidemic, the importance of clean water has increased even more. Clean water is needed to wash hands and maintain good hygiene. Most of the rural population depends on hand pumps or wells for water, due to which it becomes difficult for the public to keep distance from each other (social distancing). The only solution to this problem is potable water in the domestic premises. During this time of the Kovid-19 epidemic test, such an effort to provide domestic tap connections in rural areas will surely improve the lives of women and girls, thereby reducing their hard work and making them safer. Will help to make and live a respectable life.

Although the water situation has improved considerably over the last several years, a long way remains to be established. In addition, with providing tap connections to each family, Bihar will have to put equal emphasis on water conservation, rainwater harvesting, ground water management and preventing excessive drainage of ground water.

The Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has been launched in partnership with the states, enabling FHTC to house every village campus by 2024. It is envisaged that each household will have 55 IPCD potable water supplies of prescribed quality on a regular and long term basis. It is the effort of the government that provision of certain services be made at the doorsteps of the rural people by improving their lives.

To implement the mission, institutional arrangements have been made at various levels and the PHE / rural water supply departments of the state have to play an important role with the local community. Gram Panchayat / Village Water Sanitation Committee / User Committee is being encouraged to plan, implement, manage, operate and maintain water supply in their villages. A sense of ownership should be created in the village community as the mission is at the center. The community is also expected to play a large role in water quality monitoring.

Rural women and teenage girls spend a lot of their time and energy fetching water for everyday use. This results in a decrease in women's participation in income generation, loss of school days for girls and adverse health effects. JJM is playing an important role in facilitating the livelihood of the rural community, especially women. Women should lead JJM in their villages to fulfill their needs and aspirations.