Thursday 06 April 2017Press Information Bureau
The focus of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation currently is early completion of all ongoing rural drinking water supply scheme so that more rural population is provided with safe drinking water supply. As such, the Ministry has directed all the State Governments not to take up new schemes till the completion of all ongoing schemes with some exceptions like for coverage of arsenic/fluoride affected habitations and Piped Water Supply Schemes for Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) Gram Panchayats (GPs)/schemes for Verified Open Defecation Free (ODF) villages.
Further, the Ministry has instructed the States to use the release from the Ministry to complete the schemes which are at advanced stages of completion in the following order:
- 100% physically completed but financially incomplete;
- More than 75% but less than 100% physically complete;
- More than 50% but less than 75% physically complete; and
- More than 25% but less than 50% physically complete.
For the schemes which are less than 25% completed, State needs to complete them from their own budget. Once the schemes are completed in said order as above, then the States can take up new scheme under NRDWP.
The Ministry under its Strategic Plan for the period 2011-2022, which stresses on extending the piped water supply to more households in the rural areas of the country under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), a target of coverage of 90% of rural households has been fixed at by 2022 with an interim target of 50% by 2017.
As per information entered by States on the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) of the Ministry, as on 30.03.2017, 53.80% of rural population have been covered with Piped Water Supply.
This information was provided by the Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Shri Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi in the Lok Sabha on April 6, 2017.
Har Ghar Jal
The Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said that the Government is committed to providing tap water on a sustained basis in every household by 2030 as per the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for which Rs. 23,000 crore of central fund will be required annually till the target is achieved. The Minister said that the dream of ‘Har Ghar Jal’ cannot be realized without the involvement of the citizens. He said that there are about 2,000 Blocks in the country with an acute shortage of surface and ground water sources and called for conservation of water on war footing through convergence of schemes like MGNREGA.