In the year and a half since the start of the government Jal Jeevan mission, more than 2.6 million families have received safe drinking water in their homes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.
He said that under this program, “the lives of our mothers and sisters have become easier due to the easy access to water from the comfort of their homes and added that this has led to a reduction many diseases like cholera, typhoid, encephalitis caused by dirt. water “.
“In the year and a half since the start of the Jal Jeevan mission, more than 2 families weighing 60 million thousand thousand kilograms have been connected to drinking water from their homes, including thousands of families. in Uttar Pradesh, ”Prime Minister Modi said after laying the foundation. stone of rural drinking water supply projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts of the Vindhyachal region of Uttar Pradesh by videoconference.
During the event, the Prime Minister also interacted with the village water and sanitation committee. Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were present on the occasion.
“Despite several rivers, these areas were known to be the thirstiest and most drought-stricken and have forced many people to migrate. Now the water scarcity and irrigation problems will be solved by these projects and that means rapid development, ”Prime Minister Modi said. .
The prime minister said that when running water reaches thousands of villages in Vindhyanchal, the health of children in this region will be improved and their physical and mental development will be better. He said that when one gets the freedom to make decisions and to work on those decisions for the development of the village, it increases the confidence of everyone in the village. He added that Autonomous India derives its strength from Autonomous Villages.
Prime Minister Modi also commended the government of Uttar Pradesh for providing responsive governance during the pandemic period and for keeping the pace of reforms.
Describing development work in the region, PM Modi highlighted the supply of LPG cylinders, electricity supply, solar power plants in Mirzapur, completion of irrigation projects and solar projects on wasteland to provide regular additional income to farmers.
Referring to the Swamitva program, the Prime Minister informed that verified deeds for residential and land properties are handed over to owners, leading to stability and certainty of title. This leads to insurance against illegal encroachment of property from the poor segment of society and improves the possibility of using the property as collateral for credit, he said.
Speaking of the efforts for the upliftment of the tribal population in the area, PM Modi said the projects reach the tribal areas under special projects. Hundreds of Eklavya model schools are operating in these regions, including Uttar Pradesh, he added.
“The goal is to provide this facility to every majority tribal block. Projects based on forest products are also being implemented. The District Mining Fund was created so that there is no shortage of funds for tribal areas and the thinking behind such is that part of the resources generated by these areas is invested locally ”, did he declare.
PM Modi said Rs 800 crore has been raised as part of the fund and more than 6,000 projects have been sanctioned in Uttar Pradesh. He also urged people to remain vigilant against COVID-19 as the danger persists and called on people to take basic precautions with sincerity.
The projects, for which the foundations have been laid, will connect households to tap water in all rural households in 2,995 villages and will benefit approximately 42 lakhs in these districts. Village Water and Sanitation Committees / Paani Samiti have been formed in all these villages, which will assume responsibility for operation and maintenance.
The total estimated cost of the projects is Rs 5,555.38 crore. The projects are expected to be completed in 24 months.