Centre okays Rs 445 crore to implement Jal Jeevan Mission in ChhattisgarhThe government of India has approved Rs 445 crore for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Chhattisgarh in 2020-21.

The state presented their annual action plan for 2020-21 for consideration and approval of Ministry of Jal Shakti. A budget of Rs 3.60 lakh crore has been allocated for Jal Jeevan Mission launched under the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Under this mission, Chhattisgarh has planned to have 100 percent functional tap water connection (FHTC) by 2023-24. Out of 45 lakh households in the state, it has planned to provide tap connections to 20 lakh households.

While planning for universal coverage of households, priority is being given to water scarce areas, quality-affected areas, SC/ST dominated habitations/villages, aspirational districts, and Sansad Adarsh Gramin Yojana villages.

The state is laying emphasis on water quality monitoring and surveillance. Under Jal Jeevan Mission, emphasis is being given on water quality surveillance through active participation of frontline functionaries as well as involving the community.

School and college students are being encouraged to use the field test kits to test the quality of water being provided in rural areas.

In every Gram Panchayat (GP) or their sub-committee i.e. Village Water & Sanitation Committees have been constituted for planning at village level. Apart from this, village action plans have been carried out for villages, based on which the action plan has been finalised.

The state is ensuring convergence of funds from various sources like MGNREGS, 15th Finance Commission Grants to rural local bodies, SBM, etc for taking up works related to strengthening of water resources, aquifer recharge, grey water management, among others.

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