Today on the occasion of the 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Jal Jeevan Mission App. He expressed his aims to improve awareness among people through the app, and also for greater transparency and accountability of schemes under the mission. The mission seeks to facilitate tap water connection in every rural household, school, and Anganwadi center.
Addressing the Gram Panchayats and village water and sanitation committees (VWSC) virtually, PM Modi outlined the need to work on war footing to provide tap water and stop its wastage. He emphasized the need to use water judiciously, and like a ‘prasad’. “Only those people value water who are finding it tough to source it. At many places, water is being wasted and tap remains open,” he added. Keeping in mind the agriculture of India, he mentioned the need to grow crops that need less water.
He also launched the Rashtriya Jal Jeevan Kosh. In this, any individual, institution, corporation, or philanthropist, be it in India or abroad, can contribute to help provide tap water connection in every rural household, school, Anganwadi center, ashram shala, and other public institutions. The Gram Sabhas will be discussing both planning and management of village water supply systems and also work towards long-term water security.
Furthermore, the Jal Jeevan Mission has helped to empower all the women of the country. It has saved their time and efforts which was earlier consumed in covering long distances to fetch drinking water.