Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) was implemented on 15th August, 2019, with an aim to provide tap water connection in every rural household by 2024.
At the time when the Mission was announced, out of 18.93 Crore rural households, only 3.23 Crore (17%) had tap water connections. Thus, about 15.70 Crore households (HHs) were to be provided with tap water by 2024. The programme directly benefits more than 19 Crore rural families, improving public health.
Since the beginning of the mission, as on date, more than 3.77 Crore households were provided with tap water connections, i.e. more than 7 Crore rural families (36.5%) started getting clean water in their homes.
Despite COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, the drinking water supply work continued. The lockdown-1 was utilized for planning activities with several rounds of discussion through video conference with States/ UTs. Further, water supply was deemed one of the essential items and the work continued following due precautions. There were almost 1 lakh connections being provided every day.