Medilytix Bureau:

The Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will be chairing a Regional Conference of Ministers from 6 States and 2 Union Territories to review the progress made under Jal Jeevan Mission and Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen. The conference will be held at Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru on 5th March, 2022. The meeting will be attended in person by the State Ministers along with senior officers from rural water supply and sanitation department.

Union Minister will be discussing the State/ UT specific issues and challenges in implementation of both the programmes and way forward. During the conference, the States/ UTs will be given an opportunity to put forward their expectations from the Ministry, so that timely support may be provided in expediting programme implementation.

Union Minister Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat while talking about the conference said, “Prime Minister accords highest priority to women empowerment and healthcare as he has launched two flagship programmes which focus on water & sanitation thereby ensuring ‘ease of living’ especially for women and young girls. In the last 7 years, Government of India is ‘working with speed and scale’, to ensure provision of 100% tap water connectivity and safe sanitation facilities in every rural household making sure ‘no one is left out’ no matter which socio-economic strata they belong to.

‘Har Ghar Jal’ is a flagship programme of Government of India, being implemented by Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) under Ministry of Jal Shakti. JJM aims to provide tap water connection to every rural household in the country by 2024. Telangana and Puducherry achieved 100% coverage in 2021. Madhya Pradesh plans to provide tap water connection to all rural households by 2023 followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu in 2024.

Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen (SBM(G)) is another flagship programme being implemented by Ministry of Jal Shakti. All the Gram Panchayats declared themselves Open Defecation Free on 2nd October, 2019. Under SBM(G) Phase II, the focus is on maintaining ODF status and work towards solid and liquid waste management so that the villages move from ODF to ODF Plus.

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