India is a country that receives abundant water in the form of rainfall every year. However, a noticeable chunk of the Indian population struggles to meet their water demands every year owing to poor water management due to which most rainwater runs off. This causes scarcity of water in many parts of the country. To curb the menace of water scarcity, the Government of India launched the Jal Jeevan Mission with an aim to provide each and every household in the country with a tap water connection.
With a vision of providing every rural household drinking water supply in an adequate quantity of prescribed quality on a regular and long-term basis at affordable rates, the Ministry of Jal Shakti implemented JJM. According to the Ministry’s data, more than 69 million rural households have received tap water connections, as of February 27, 2021.
After setting the ball rolling in the rural areas, the Government of India took another much-needed initiative Jal Jeevan Mission (urban) to realise its vision of ‘Har Ghar Jal’. The Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman announced the launch of JJM(U) while presenting the Union Budget 2021 on February 1, 2021. JJM(U) has been designed to provide universal coverage of water supply through functional taps in all 4,378 statutory towns in accordance with the sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Another key focus area of the Mission is providing coverage of sewerage/septage management in 500 AMRUT cities.
The special issue hosts viewpoints of the senior policymakers and domain leaders, exclusively covered for the eGov magazine. The further content will throw light on the current water situation; how has the Ministry of Jal Shakti implemented JJM to aid the people to meet their daily water demands; and various schemes and programmes which are being launched nationally. Moreover, the issue will see how Mauritius is tackling its water challenges. Also, a glimpse of the first National Water Innovation Summit will be enclosed in the magazine.