The Jal Jeevan Mission, launched in August 2019, aims to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual tap connections to all households in rural India by 2024.
Only 17 per cent of rural households had tap water connections on August 15, 2019, the Ministry of Jal Shakti informed Parliament on July 28 this year.
Uttar Pradesh (UP), which has been a laggard, has, however, performed better in recent days. The government covered 465,000 rural households (1.76 per cent) with tap water connections in 2019-20 and another 1.91 million households (7.24 per cent) in 2020-21. In the year of the second Covid-19 wave, coverage fell, with just 658,000 households (2.48 per cent) receiving tap water connections in 2021-22.