100% Schools, Anganwadi Centres In J&K Get Tap Water

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir has become the second Union Territory after Andaman and Nicobar Island to provide tap water in 100% of its schools and anganwadi centres ahead of the set target of March 2022, an official spokesperson said Friday.

In keeping with its efforts at providing tap water connection to all rural households by 2022, Jal Jeevan Mission, J&K has accomplished the challenging task of ensuring functional tap water connections to all schools and anganwadi centres in the UT, the official spokesperson said.

He said that the 100 % coverage of schools and anganwadi centres comes much ahead of the set target of March 2022, and despite the challenges of difficult terrain.

“The functional tap connections have been made available in all 22,422 schools and 23,926 anganwadi centers of the Union Territory. After Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir has become the second Union Territory to achieve this feat,” he added.

The official spokesperson quoted Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for making clean drinking water accessible in Jammu and Kashmir.

“In one of his tweets, he said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Jammu and Kashmir has become synonymous with peace and prosperity,” he said.

He further said that Jal Shakti Minister also lauded the achievement in a Tweet

“Jammu and Kashmir is progressing on the path of development. Children are finally getting clean drinking water. Modi ji has made the dream of Kashmiri brothers and sisters come true,” Shekhawat said.

According to the official spokesperson, a 100-day campaign to provide tap water to all schools and anganwadi centres was launched by the Union Jal Shakti Minister on Oct 2, 2020.The Minister also wrote to the Chief Ministers and Governors of various States and Union Territories, urging them to provide tap water in schools.

He further said that under Jal Jeevan Mission, Jammu and Kashmir has set a target of providing tap water to every rural household in the Union Territory by 2022. There are 18,35,190 rural households in the state, out of which more than 10,27,000, i.e. about 56 % of homes have been provided tap water connections. Moreover, Ganderbal and Srinagar have achieved the target of becoming ‘Har Ghar Nal’ District. Further, there are 1056 villages where every household gets clean drinking water from tap.

"The target of providing tap drinking water connection to every school in the state was difficult, but we completed it ahead of time. We will ensure that the supply remains stable in the future by continuous monitoring and maintenance of infrastructure and resources," said Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Mission Director, JJM-Jammu and Kashmir, as per the official spokesperson.

The Jal Jeevan Mission, the official spokesperson said, was launched by the Prime Minister from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15, 2019. It is being implemented in partnership with the states to provide tap water connections to every rural household by 2024.

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