While tabling the Modi 2.0 government’s maiden Budget in Parliament on Friday July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said making available safe drinking water to every citizen is a priority for the government which is working towards ‘Har Ghar Jal’ by 2024.
While reiterating the newly formed Jal Shakti Ministry‘s aim of ‘Nal se Jal’, Nirmala Sitharaman in her speech said, “This new ministry will look at the management of our water resources and water supply in an integrated and holistic manner and will work with states to ensure ‘Har Ghar Jal’ [Water to each household], to all rural households by 2024 under ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’.”
Sitharaman further said that the government would look towards rainwater harvesting and water discharge management to find solution to India’s crippling water crisis.
“A total of 1,592 blocks have been identified which are over-exploited in terms of ground water, and government will focus on these blocks,” she said.
In her Budget speech, Nirmala Sitharam also announced access to electricity to every household by 2022 and 1.9 crore houses will be provided to citizens in the next two years.