Centre approves Rs 812 cr for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Odisha
The allocation is an increase from Rs 297 crore allocated in 2019
The state of Odisha tabled their annual action plan before the National Committee headed by Secretary, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti for consideration and approval for 2020-21. The Centre has approved Rs 812 crore for implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission in the state for FY21.
The allocation is an increase from Rs 297 crore allocated in 2019. Out of 81 lakh rural households in the state, the government of Odisha plans to provide 16.21 lakh household connections in 2020-21.
The state is planning 100 percent household tap connections by 2024. Priority is being given for 100 percent coverage of villages under water scare areas, quality-affected areas, Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna villages, villages in aspirational districts and SC/ ST dominated habitation.
Laying emphasis on capitalising on low-hanging fruits i.e. in villages/habitations where piped water supply schemes already exist, the state is making out efforts to immediately provide household tap connections to remaining households belonging to weaker and marginalised sections on priority.
Strengthening of the existing drinking water sources for long-term sustainability of drinking water supply systems through convergence of various programmes like MGNREGS, SBM (G), 15th FC Grants to PRIs, District Mineral Development Fund, CAMPA, Local Area Development Fund, etc at village level is planned for judicious use of all available resources.
The state has been allocated Rs 2,258 crore under 15th Finance Commission Grants to PRIs during 2020-21; 50 percent of this amount has to be spent on water and sanitation.
The state government will start engaging self-help groups and voluntary organisations for community mobilisation.
Also, an action plan has been carried out to incorporate timely procurement of kits, supply of kits to the community, identification of at least five women in every village, training women for use of field test kits and reporting and collating the reports with laboratory-based findings of the water sources.
The state also proposed taking NABL accreditation for 18 of its water testing labs. At present, it has one state-level lab and 32 district level labs.
Apart from this, migrants are returning to the state and they can be utilised in water supply related works especially plumbing, fitting, water conservation works, etc in every village.
The Centre, through Jal Jeevan Mission, is making efforts to provide every rural household in the country a functional household tap connection for water in adequate quantity of prescribed quality on regular and long-term basis.
It is envisaged that through this mission, each household will get potable water supply of 55 lpcd of prescribed quality on regular and long-term basis. The estimated outlay of the mission is Rs 3.60 lakh crore with Central and state share of Rs 2.08 lakh crore and Rs1.52 lakh crore respectively.