On Sunday, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha announced that the central government has sanctioned Rs 2,000 crore for the state’s Jal Jeevan Programme. The programme aims to provide piped drinking water to all families in the northeastern state, and this funding will go a long way in achieving that goal. Currently, 56% of houses in the state have piped water, and the state government has plans in place to provide water to all households.
Saha expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Federal Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for granting Rs 2,000 crore for the implementation of the piped water scheme. “This would ensure that more homes have access to piped drinking water”, Saha stated after addressing a party function at Rabindra Bhavan.
The chief minister also highlighted that the amount sanctioned by the central government for the Jal Jeevan Programme in the current fiscal year is more than the sum of Rs 1,930 crore that Tripura has received over the last three years.
The announcement was made after Saha, BJP state president Rajib Bhattacharjee, and former Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Verma participated in a programme to help party karyakartas for the BJP’s win in the Assembly elections. Bhattacharjee expressed his gratitude to PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and party president JP Nadda for their support in the Assembly elections, and urged party officials and karyakartas to begin organising to ensure the party’s win in the two Lok Sabha seats up for election next year.