Himachal Pradesh Plans to Provide 100 percent FHTC to all Rural Households by August 2022
On 4th July 2020, during a video conferencing with the Union Minister of Jal Shakti regarding the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Himachal Pradesh, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jairam Thakur has stated that the State Government of Himachal Pradesh is planning to provide 100 percent coverage of Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to all rural households in the state by August 2022.
If the State Government achieves this target then it will be well ahead of the National Goal set by the Government of India to provide FHTC to every rural household in the country by 2024.
Status of FHTC in Rural Households of Himachal Pradesh
- Total number of rural households in Himachal Pradesh: 17.04 lakh
- Rural households already provided with FHTC: 9.52 lakh
- Rural households without FHTC (as on 4th July 2020) in the state: 7.52 lakh
The State Government of Himachal Pradesh has set a target to provide 2.44 lakh rural households with FHTC during the current Financial Year 2020-21 out of the remaining 7.52 lakh.
Jal Jeevan Mission
The Jal Jeevan Mission was launched by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi during his address to the nation on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day of India on 15th August 2019.
With the target set by the Prime Minister to provide every rural household in the country with FHTC by 2024, in the period of the next 7 months from September 2019 to March 2020, 84 lakh households in the country were provided with tap water connection.
During the first quarter of FY 2020-21 (April to June 2020), 19 lakh rural households were provided with FHTC.
Estimated Expenditure for Providing Every Rural Household FHTC
For achieving the target of providing every rural household in the country with an FHTC by 2024, Rs 3.5 lakh crore will be spent, this was announced by Prime Minister in September 2019. For the FY 2020-21, Rs 8050 crore has been announced under the scheme.