Imagine roaming in a desert and yearning for a drop of water. Impossible to survive, right? You might have heard elders say that offering a glass of water to anyone is considered the ultimate service. Truly there is no life without water and that is the essence of the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ launched by the Indian government. On this World Water Day, we are here to know about this life-changing mission.
Jal Jeevan Mission: Water Is Life!
Though India was developing at a rapid pace, there were several challenges and neglected departments that needed to be addressed. And water scarcity was one of them! The rural and remote places of the country did not have access to clean and safe drinking water. Moreover, people — especially women had to walk for miles in search of water and carry two to three vessels of water with them. And that is where the Jal Jeevan Mission came into existence.
The Government of India launched this mission with a vision to supply drinking water to every rural household in adequate quantity regularly. The delivery charges will be affordable and this will lead to improvement of the rural lifestyle. Besides houses, this mission plans on providing potable water to government offices and institutions like Anganwadi centres, healthcare centres etc.
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And to make this possible, the locals of the village can contribute their bit in any form of service. The Jal Jeevan Mission ensures that there are more employment opportunities for people in sectors like construction, water quality management, plumbing, water treatment, etc. Currently, the mission is successful in providing tap connections to around 59 per cent of rural households.
World Water Day 2023
Besides India, several developing countries are facing the issue of water scarcity. To address it and bring awareness among people, the United Nations declared 22nd March as World Water Day. On this day, delegates and academics from around the world discuss sustainable water management and topics relevant to clean water, hygiene and sanitation.
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The importance of water can’t be described in a few words. The one thing to remember is that there is no life without water.
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