Bihar minister disputes Centre information, flags larger quantity in state scheme


BIHAR WATER Sources Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha on Wednesday disputed figures reported by the Centre on the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) dashboard, saying solely 8.44 lakh faucet water connections have been supplied in Bihar beneath the central scheme for rural households, and never 1.46 crore as proven.

The remainder of the faucet water connections, Jha mentioned, had been supplied beneath two different schemes, together with Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal scheme which is run by the Nitish Kumar authorities by itself and which accounts for the biggest chunk of the overall quantity.

That is the primary time a state — one dominated by the JD(U) in alliance with the BJP — has disputed the figures on the JJM dashboard.

Reacting to The Indian Categorical report based mostly on dashboard figures that say Bihar supplied 1.46 crore faucet water connections to rural households beneath the JJM because it started in 2019, Jha in a tweet gave the breakup of the connections beneath totally different schemes.

“Because of imaginative and prescient of Hon CM Shri @NitishKumar, 87% of Bihar rural households have entry to scrub faucet water. The scheme-wise breakup of faucet connections supplied in Bihar is as follows: 1. Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal: 152.16 lakh; 2. Jal Jeevan Mission: 8.44 lakh; and three. NRDWP: 2.32 lakh,” tweeted Jha, who can be the nationwide basic secretary of the JD(U).

The Bihar minister’s objection is critical as Bihar has the only largest contribution within the central information. If Bihar’s numbers are discounted, the nationwide determine will drop to three.36 crore from 4.74 crore as reported on the JJM dashboard on Wednesday.

In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned: “I’m blissful that in simply two years of Jal Jeevan Mission, greater than 4.5 crore households have began getting faucet water.”

An e mail despatched by The Indian Categorical to the spokesperson for Union Jal Shakti Ministry, searching for a response on the info, remained unanswered until press time.

Jha mentioned the Bihar authorities has supplied faucet water connections to rural households with its personal cash. “Our Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal scheme was conceived in 2015 and carried out from 2016. The state authorities has been working this scheme from its personal cash. This has been doable solely as a consequence of private monitoring by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,” he advised The Indian Categorical.

He mentioned the Bihar authorities has used the Jal Jeevan Mission in lower than 5 per cent of rural wards within the state to supply the faucet water connections to rural households. “Below @jaljeevan_ Bihar has accomplished work in 4,891 wards out of a complete of 1,14,651 rural wards. 1,346 wards taken up beneath the erstwhile NRDWP. Remaining 1,08,414 wards coated beneath state authorities’s Har Ghar Nal ka Jal scheme,” he tweeted.

Tagging The Indian Categorical report, he tweeted, “It is a outstanding story! Large imaginative and prescient of CM Shri @NitishKumar of Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal… has ensured 87% of rural households in Bihar with faucet water connections – amongst prime Four greatest states in India.”

A supply in Jal Shakti Ministry mentioned the Centre has launched about Rs 771 crore to Bihar beneath the JJM up to now two years, and that Bihar’s efficiency is best than different states as a result of it began working by itself scheme properly earlier than the launch of the JJM.