National Jal Jeevan Mission will be supporting, promoting and cultivating research and innovation to solve the issue faced by water supply sector in rural areas.
Upendra Prasad Singh, Secretary Ministry of Jal Shakti reviewed the progress of Jal Jeevan Mission, which is being implemented in partnership with States, to enable every household in villages to have functional household tap connection by 2024.
Odisha has received more funds this year in comparison to last fiscal. Rs 812 Crore approved for Odisha under “Jal Jeevan Mission (Har Ghar Jal) for 2020-21.
This allocation is a significant jump from last year's allocation of Rs 297 Crore.
Out of 81 lakh rural households in the State, Government of Odisha plans to provide 16.21 lakh household connections in 2020-21
This Mission aims at ensuring potable water supply in adequate quantity (@ the rate of 55 litres per person per day) and of prescribed quality to every rural household on regular and long-term basis.
National Jal Jeevan Mission is inviting proposals from young innovators, researchers, academia, entrepreneurs, start-ups working in this sector to provide cost-effective solutions and fill knowledge gaps.
On completion of 1st year of Jal Jeevan Mission, announced by the Prime Minister in his Independence Day address to the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15 August, 2020; in the whole country, 2 Crore households have been provided tap water connection in this period. More than 1 lakh families are given tap water connections daily.
The rural drinking water supply is a complex subject with various social, environmental and technical challenges like geo-genic and anthropogenic water quality issues, long-termpotable water supply in harsh edapho-climatic conditions and disaster-prone areas, measurement and monitoring of water service delivery, behavior change management, cost-effective grey-water treatment and reuse etc.
Thus, given the challenges and the knowledge gaps being faced while implementing the Jal Jeevan Mission with speed and scale along with the future of rural water security, there is a pressing need for significant research and innovation in the water supply sector.
Further, the Department/ National Mission/ SWSM will conduct action research and concurrent evaluation studies for adopting evidence-based technical intervention to manage rural water supply efficiently, effectively and economically.
These R&D projects under Jal Jeevan Mission will facilitate in building partnership with scientists and R&D institutions, innovators, entrepreneurs and create useful knowledge that will help in addressing various challenges in the drinking water sector so as to improve the lives of people.