Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the Jal Jeevan Mission app. Along with this, he also launched the Jal Jeevan Kosh (National Water Fund). Prime Minister Modi interacted with the beneficiaries of Jal Jeevan Mission in five states of the country namely Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and Manipur through video conferencing and also interacted with water committees and gram panchayats.
Prime Minister Modi in his address said that the objective of Jal Jeevan Mission is not only to reach water to the people. This is also a big campaign of decentralization. This is ‘Village Driven- Women Driven Movement’. Its main basis is a mass movement and public participation. He further said that Mahatma Gandhi, referring to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, said that in the heart of both these great personalities, revered Bapu and Lal Bahadur Shastri ji, the villages of India were settled in the heart.
I am happy that on this day, people from lakhs of villages across the country are conducting Jal Jeevan Samvad through 'Gram Sabhas'. Jal Jeevan Mission is not only to make water accessible to the people. It's also a big movement of decentralization: PM Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/TObHwBHs07
— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2021
He went on to say that Gandhiji used to say that the real meaning of ‘Gram Swaraj’ is to be full of self-confidence. That is why it has been my constant endeavor that this thinking of Gram Swaraj should move forward towards accomplishments. Prime Minister Modi further said that ‘I am from a state like Gujarat where I have seen most of the drought conditions. I have also seen how important every drop of water is. Therefore, being the Chief Minister of Gujarat, providing water to the people and water conservation were my priorities.
Prime Minister Modi also released the e-booklet ‘Jal Jeevan Mission Ke 2 Years’ through video conferencing. On 15 August 2019, Prime Minister Modi had announced the Jal Jeevan Mission, which will bring about a change in life from the ramparts of the Red Fort. The objective of this mission is to provide tap water connections to every rural household by 2024.