Arunachal Pradesh to provide Tap connection to all by March 2023
On June 2, 2020, the National Jal Jeevan Mission approved the Annual Action Plan of Arunachal Pradesh. Under the plan, the state is to provide tap connection to all the rural households in the state by 2023.
In order to achieve the plan, the GoI has approved Rs 255 as additional funds. The State Governments are provided with additional funds based on their achievements.
The State Government under the annual plan is to provide 77,000 tap connections to over 2.18 lakh rural households. The Sansad Adarsh Gramin Yojana villages are to be given priority under the scheme.
The availability of water in Arunachal Pradesh is not an issue. However, the main challenge is laying pipes in the tough mountain terrains. Village Action Plan has been framed with active participation of the rural community. The unemployed youth are to be trained in plumbing, fitting, masonry and electricity skills. This is to be done as a pool of trained human resources are to be available at village level.
In order to execute the mission, strengthen existing drinking water sources for long term sustainability of drinking water, several programmes such as Swachh Bharat Mission, MGNREGA, CAMPA, Local Area Development Fund have been integrated. Also, the state has been allocated Rs 231 crores on the recommendation of Finance Commission.