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Centre sanctions Rs 1,407 cr to State under Jal Jeevan Mission

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 31 - In response to a proposal submitted by the Assam government to provide tap connection to 13 lakh households, the Government of India has sanctioned Rs 1,407 crore for 2020-21 under the Jal Jeevan Mission.

Realisation of the goal of Jal Jeevan Mission in Assam is not difficult taking into account the abundant water resources in the State, both ground water and surface water, sources here said.

The State government plans to immediately provide household tap connection to remaining households belonging to weaker and marginalised sections on priority. A detailed road map has also been prepared giving priority on covering households in quality-affected habitations, aspirational districts, SC, ST dominated villages and habitations.

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that people don�t crowd to fetch drinking water. Therefore, State government is taking up water supply works in villages to provide household tap connections, which will help in practicing social distancing, and will additionally help local people in getting employment and boost rural economy, said sources.

When the country is grappling with COVID-19 pandemic, it has become very important to provide livelihood to the migrant workers who have returned to their native villages. These migrant labourers are basically skilled and semi-skilled ones, whose services could be utilised by providing jobs related to water supply especially plumbing, fitting, water conservation works in every village to ensure sufficient ground water availability leading to water security, water availability for agriculture and most importantly will help in provision of drinking water to every rural household.

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