Operational guidelines for the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (Har Ghar Jal)

The Prime Minister released the operational guidelines for the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM). According to the government data, of the 179 million rural households in the country, 81.7 per cent are yet to have water tap connections. The Rs.3.6 trillion JJM projects aim to provide clean drinking water through pipes to 146 million homes by 2024. States will have a definite operations and maintenance policy especially to meet the requirements such as monthly energy cost of the piped water supply scheme by ensuring cost recovery from user groups and thereby avoiding any unwanted burden on public exchequer, according to the guidelines. The Centre will make available extra budgetary resources for the JJM, which will be allocated along with gross budgetary support to the states. The government will incentivise good performance of states out of the fund not utilised by other states towards the end of the financial year, the guidelines stated.