Budget 2022-23: Expanding the ‘Har Ghar Nal Se Jal’ Scheme
Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, allocated INR 60,000 crores for providing tap water connection to 3.8 crore households during the financial year 2022-23 through the 'Har Ghar, Nal Se Jal' scheme.
While delivering the budget address, the Finance Minister mentioned that the current coverage of the 'Har Ghar, Nal Se Jal' scheme is 8.7 crores, out of which 5.5 crore households were provided tap water connections in the last two years.
Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, the ‘Har Ghar Nal Se Jal’ Scheme aims to provide every household with a Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) in its premises to reduce the burden of fetching water on women in the household. With the scheme, the government looks to provide all citizens of the country with sustainable water supply connectivity for the provision of clean drinking water by 2024.
The Mission is working in collaboration with the states to achieve the target. States have emphasized retrofitting and augmentation of existing water supply schemes to provide household tap connections to households of those villages belonging to poor and marginalized people. During the pandemic, the provision of FHTC assisted rural households in accessing water avoiding gathering at public stand-posts to fetch water.
Further support through allocation in the budget will assist the states in providing better infrastructure and improving service delivery for installation of tap connections in the remaining households.