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Goa bagged the title of being India's first 'Har Ghar Jal' state!

By Priti Kumari

Last year on August 15, the Jal Shakti Ministry launched 'Har Ghar Jal' mission with an agenda of providing tap connection to rural India by 2024. Under the 'Jal Jeevan Mission' of the Central Government, Goa becomes India's first 'Har Ghar Jal' state with 100% water tapping facility in the rural areas.

As per the data released by the Jal Shakti Ministry, 2.3 lakh rural households of the state's two districts namely, North Goa and South Goa are 'fully saturated' with assured piped water supply through tap connections. The 191-gram panchayat of North Goa and South Goa districts of the state have a rural conglomeration of 1.65 lakh and 98 thousand rural households have fully water supply facilities. With an aspiration to examine the quality of potable water in the same, the State will soon instigate sensor-based delivery monitoring system's. The state has also installed 14 National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) certified water standard piloting laboratories.

For testing water quality under Jal Jeevan Mission, every village must have 5 trained, particularly women. persons, It's impressive that the state has incorporated the target of providing 100% tap water facility by 2021, in its annual action plan for which Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat applauded the state's endeavour, in a letter to CM Pramod Sawant in June this year.

Commenting on this, the ministry stated, "Goa has earned itself the unique distinction of becoming the first 'Har Ghar Jal ' state in the country as it successfully provides 100% functional household tap connections(FHTCs) in the rural areas covering 2.30 lakh rural households". Hoping, India's other states and UTs will soon announce itself as 'Har Ghar Jal' state.

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