Bihar has emerged as one of the best-performing states in safe drinking water from taps, with 87 percent of rural households having access to the facilities, a key aide to Prime Minister Nitish Kumar said on Wednesday, but insisted that it’s largely because of a state plan and not the Center’s Jal Jeevan Mission.
The state minister for water resources, Sanjay Kumar Jha, made the statement on his official twitter handle, sharing a newspaper report that ranked Bihar among the “top four” states in the country in terms of tap water availability for rural households.
The report was based on data from the website of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), an ambitious project of the Narendra Modi government launched two years ago that aims to provide tap water to all rural households by 2024.
According to JJM data, Bihar, often accused of administrative lethargy, accounts for 1.46 crore of water connections from 4.73 crore for the entire country, putting it well above the national average of 41.57 percent since the mission’s launch. in 2019.
Only Goa and Telangana with a 100 percent success rate alongside Haryana (99.25 percent) have outperformed Bihar.
In addition, the Union Territories of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu have provided 100 percent water connections to households, according to the JJM website.
The JJM website shows that it has been a huge leap for Bihar, one of the most populous states in the country, where as of August 15, 2019, only 1.84 percent of households had access to tap water. Since then a staggering number of more than 1.46 crore water connections have been added.
However, Mr Jha stressed that much of the spectacular success of the state was due to the Prime Minister of Bihar’s “Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal” plan, which preceded the Center’s JJM.
According to Mr Jha, the program was launched in September 2016 and was responsible for the availability of tap water in most rural areas of the state.
In a tweet, under the Jal Jeevan Mission, he said: “Bihar has been working in 4,891 wards out of a total of 1,14,651 rural wards. 1,346 wards are included under the former National Rural Drinking Water Supply Program of Indian government. Remaining 1 , 08,414 wards are under the state government Har Ghar Nal Ka jal scheme”.
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