Swajal Scheme: to provide clean water to rural districts

The Government of India has launched Swajal Scheme to provide clean water to the rural districts and to make sure that there is a steady supply of clean drinking water in rural and remote areas. Most of the villages across India face water crises through out the year and people of the villages needs to walk miles for water, more over they get contaminated and hard water. There is almost no regular water supply in remote and rural areas. The contaminated and hard water results in many illnesses. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation will be implementing Swajal Scheme in such remote and rural areas to ascertain supply of clean and regular drinking water supply.

What is Swajal Scheme? A government of India initiative to provide clean and sustained drinking water supply to the rural areas.

Swajal Scheme Implementation:

  • Government of India to spend Rs. 1000 crores to provide clean drinking water to 27,500 rural and remote areas across India
  • Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to implement Swajal Scheme in 115 rural districts which does not get clean water
  • National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) to provide Rs. 700 crores for the scheme
  • 90 of the budget for the scheme will be funded by the government and 10 percent to come from beneficiary communities
  • The scheme will be managed by the local villagers along with the hundreds of technicians
  • Technicians will be trained under the scheme to maintain and operate the units and pipelines which will provide clean water
  • All the villages will get clean water through fitted pipes to ensure that water contamination doesnt happen
  • The selection of the district for the Swajal Scheme depends on the six parameters suggested by the NITI Aayog: health and nutrition, education, financial inclusion and skill development, agriculture and water resources and basic infrastructure
  • 35 districts affected by the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) violence along with 15 terrorism infested districts of Jammu & Kashmir will be given preference
  • Government goal is to create New India, Safe Drinking Water to All should be implemented by 2030
  • The announcement was made by the Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sushri Uma Bharti
  • 2000 water quality testing laboratories will also be modernized across the country
  • National Water Quality Sub-Mission (NWQSM) to address the drinking water needs of 27,544 arsenic and fluoride affected habitations of the country

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