Chandigarh, Sep 3 : Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Social Justice and Empowerment Rattan Lal Kataria on Tuesday said that the Jal Jeevan Mission, which was announced by Prime Minister on Independence Day, aims at providing potable piped water to every household by 2024. Addressing the first regional workshop on Jal Jeevan Mission organized by the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti, at Panchkula, near here, Mr Kataria said that this task will be completed in coordination with the state government, eminent NGOs and peoples’ participation.
He said the inputs collected from the workshop would help to develop and design the infrastructure for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission. He said that the priority will be given to the drought prone and depleted ground-water areas to ensure dependable water resources. He urged the delegates from all the states to join hands for the accomplishment of Jal Jeevan Mission. A presentation on Jal Jeevan Mission was given by Mr Bharat Lal, Additional Secretary (Water), DDWS, Ministry of Jal Shakti, in which he explained the salient features of Jal Jeevan Mission and the challenges that this Mission has to overcome.
He said that the Central and the State Governments will make collaborative efforts to overcome the challenges like piped water supply, infrastructure for tap water connections, augmentation of existing resources, technological interventions for quality, retrofitting of completed and ongoing PWS schemes, Grey Water Management, supporting and funds for tackling natural disasters.
In his presentation, former IFS officer R K Sama, expert from Gujarat, gave insights on engaging communities in implementation of drinking water scheme from his experience in the state of Gujarat. Ms Jaspreet Talwar, expert from Punjab, gave her presentation on Community managed drinking water supply scheme in the state of Punjab.UNI