ITANAGAR: The Centre will give Arunachal Pradesh additional funds for expeditious implementation of the 'Jal Jeevan Mission' across the State. It will in the form of performance-grants based on the achievement in terms of tangible outputs — the household tap connections and commensurate financial progress.
Out of 2.18 lakh total rural households in Arunachal Pradesh, 37,000 households have been already provided with tap connections. The State is planning to provide 77,000 tap connections in 2020-21. While planning, thrust is given on covering households in aspirational district, quality-affected habitations, Sansad Adarsh Gramin Yojana villages on priority.
Being a decentralized programme, local community will play a pivotal role in planning, implementation, management, operation and maintenance of water supply systems in villages to ensure long-term sustainability.
Local communities are encouraged to take responsibility of water supply systems in villages for regular upkeep and operation and maintenance. In all villages, IEC campaign along with community mobilization needs to be taken up to make the 'Jal Jeevan Mission' truly a people's movement. Skilling activities are planned so that unemployed youth could be trained in plumbing, masonry, fitting, pump operation so that a pool of trained human resources could be available at village level and engaged locally, which will help in long-term operation and maintenance of schemes without depending on outside agencies.