Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government had provided piped water to seven million rural families over the past three years as part of the Jal Jeevan Mission, which has helped the country cross the milestone of 10 crore such connections in villages so far.
He was speaking via video link to a program organized by the Goa government to score 100 per cent coverage of piped water supply in rural households in the state.
Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant were present for the ceremony in Panaji.
“In the seven decades since independence, only three million rural households had piped water. But in the past three years since this mission was announced, our government has connected seven million households rural areas with tap water,” Prime Minister Modi said.
“Achieving the 10 crore milestone reflects the Centre’s commitment to water supply and environmental preservation,” he added.
Prime Minister Modi said that when he made the announcement of Jal Jeevan Mission, there were 16 million rural families who depended on other sources of water.
“We couldn’t keep such a large struggling population down,” he added.
Prime Minister Modi said that Jal Jeevan The success of the mission is due to popular participation, stakeholder partnership, political will and optimal use of resources.
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