त्रिकोटिः नूतनजलप्रणालिकाः मोदिप्रशासनेन स्थापिता गतवर्ष एव। त्रिकोटिः इति किम्? त्रिकोटिः इति तति प्रणालिकाः सन्ति यति स्वतन्त्रतायाः प्रभृतिः प्रशासनेन स्थापिताः प्रणालिकाः सन्ति। कल्पनां करोतु एकस्मिन् वर्षे यत् कार्यमभवत् गतसप्ततिवर्षेषु कार्यमभवत्। न इदमहमैव ब्रवीमि किन्तु सा पत्रिका या सोनियाप्रियङ्काराहुलानां पादकासु तिष्ठन् प्रकाशनं करोति सा पत्रिका लिखति। यत् मोदिरूपेण रत्नं भारतेन प्राप्तं तस्य तिरस्कारं मा करोतु। न शीघ्रमायाति द्वितीयः मोदी।
Given the disruption caused by the Covid pandemic, there were doubts about the Jal Shakti ministry’s ability to meet its targets. Despite the odds, over 30 million new households have been provided with tap water during this period, equal to the number of households provided with taps since Independence. The Modi government achieved this by providing massive funding, Rs 3.6 lakh crore, and backing it with mission mode management and technology to monitor progress. What’s more, state governments are encouraging community participation in the operation and maintenance of water supply to their homes in the form of Pani Samitis. The Centre and states are also focusing on ensuring sustainability of water supply and quality rather than treating it as a one-shot affair. The most important outcome of these efforts is that women, who bore the brunt of the task of fetching water for households, wasting precious time, are being freed from that drudgery. This in itself will prove emancipating. Apart from ease of living, there is a clear link between socioeconomic development and water availability.