“India’s estimated investment in the water sector from 2019 to 2024 at $210 billion is the highest in the world,” said Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Jal Shakti Minister, as he addressed the third day of the 11th edition of Isha Leadership Academy’s flagship program – ‘Isha Insight: The DNA of Success’ at the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore on Saturday.
In conversation with Sadhguru, Founder – Isha Foundation, Shekhawat expanded on the ambitious goal of the Jal Jeevan Mission which aims to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections to all households in rural India by 2024 and added that “managing water is our collective responsibility and we will all have to work together in this direction”.
Appreciating the model of implementation of the Jal Shakti Mission, Sadhguru said, “I think the best part of the mission is it is community-managed. It is government-installed, but community-managed. I think that is a way forward for a country like this, otherwise, the government doing the service all the time is never going to work till the last mile.”
According to the Jal Jeevan Mission dashboard, 16% of Indian households in 2019 had access to tap water connection, which has now grown to 54%. However, the focus of the mission, Shekhawat pointed out, is not only confined to the accessibility of water but on ensuring water quality.
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