Prime Minister Modi virtually addresses utsav “Har Ghar Jal” in town

August 20, 2022 | 06:36 IST

Prime Minister Modi virtually addresses utsav “Har Ghar Jal” in town

Witnesses the launch of QR code services for water bill payment; program was organized to commemorate Goa by becoming the first state to achieve a 100% piped water supply system.

Team Herald

PANJIM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed utsav “Har Ghar Jal” virtually under Jal Jeevan mission and witnessed the launch of QR code services for the water bill payment event held at the ‘Institut Menezes Braganza Hall, here, Friday.

Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, PWD Minister Nilesh Cabral, WRD Minister Subhash Shirodkar, Secretary in Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation Vini Mahajan, IAS ; Principal Chief Engineer of PWD DC Gupta, Chief Engineer Santosh Mhapne were present on the dais.

The program was organized to commemorate Goa becoming the first state to achieve a 100% piped water supply system and to launch QR code services for paying water bills in the hands of Shekhawat.

During his virtual address, the Prime Minister congratulating Sawant, Cabinet Ministers and the people of Goa on successfully becoming the first state to achieve 100% piped water supply for every household, expressed his joy at another milestone reached under the ‘Har Ghar Jal’ mission, i.e. 10 million rural households in the country have been connected to a drinking water facility, including Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu as the first union territories and more than one lakh villages in different states of the country became ODF plus.

Modi highlighted the benefits of ‘Har Ghar Jal’ for future generation and women, he said as the main victims of water related issues, women are at the center of government’s efforts. It improves the comfort of women’s lives and gives them a key role in water governance.

“‘Jal Jeevan Abhiyan’ is not just a government program, but it is a program run by the community, for the community,” he said.

Apart from this, India has also significantly increased the number of wetlands. Today, its number has also risen to 75. Of these, 50 sites have been developed in the past eight years alone, Modi added.

Speaking on the occasion, Sawant commended the entire team of PWD, WRD, Panchayat Directorate etc. who were commended on the occasion by the Union Minister for their immense contribution in achieving the great successful certification of Goa as the first state to achieve 100%. running water supply system for every household under “Har Ghar Jal” under Jal Jeevan mission.

He also appreciated the personal initiative taken by Alen Lobo to prepare the QR coding of all bodies of water in the state by spending his own money.

Speaking on QR coding, Sawant said, “Goa is the first state to provide QR coding facilities for invoicing.” He thanked TGSB Bank for supporting this system. “Through this system, the billing and collection system will be improved,” he added.

The Chief Minister expressed his joy that Goa has become the first state to accomplish this mission despite many difficulties and the Covid-19 pandemic.

“So far, 14 National Accreditation Laboratories have been established across the state to provide purified water to every household,” he added.

Shekhawat said: “We must remember and understand the ideology behind the struggle for freedom waged by our freedom fighters, who went through many worst situations while gaining the freedom to make India a new form as it was their dream.”

“Although Goa achieved the target of ‘Har Ghar Jal’ much earlier, the certificate was only awarded if each village panchayat sends a recorded message from the village representative stating that each household has access to water “, he pointed out.

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