The 15th FC announces a Rs 1.42-trillion tied grant to communities for water and sanitation

The Fifteenth Finance Commission (15th FC) has suggested a Rs 1.42-trillion tied grant to local rural authorities and panchayats over the next five years (from 2021–22 to 2025–26) in order to boost tap water provision and better sanitary facilities in villages.

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The 15th FC announces a Rs 1.42-trillion tied grant to communities for water and sanitation

The Fifteenth Finance Commission (15th FC) has suggested a Rs 1.42-trillion tied grant to local rural authorities and panchayats over the next five years (from 2021–22 to 2025–26) in order to boost tap water provision and better sanitary facilities in villages.

This linked grant, which accounts for 60% of the total Rs 2.37 trillion granted to rural local authorities, is intended to ensure drinking water provision, rainfall collection, and water recycling. It will also be utilised for sanitation and the preservation of villages’ open defecation-free status.

The Jal Shakti ministry’s Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation will be the nodal department for evaluating rural local bodies’ eligibility for the 15th FC’s tied grant for water and sanitation and has proposed the transfer of money to the finance ministry. The initial instalment should be released to 25 states, according to the agency. The money will be used to assist village panchayats to act as local public utilities with an emphasis on service delivery, according to a press release from the Jal Shakti ministry. With the new allocation and budgetary assistance from the Centre and states, the Jal Jeevan Mission now has a share of more than Rs 1 trillion available to provide piped water to villages this year.

The government also intends to launch a huge campaign to educate, train, and empower panchayat officials to use this cash to guarantee that communities have access to safe drinking water and better sanitation. The government has created a handbook for using these monies and shared it with states so that it may be distributed in vernacular languages to panchayats.

The Jal Jeevan Mission, which has a budget of Rs 3.6 trillion and is being implemented in collaboration with states to provide tap water to every rural home, has been in operation since August 2019.

The 15th FC announces a Rs 1.42-trillion tied grant to communities for water and sanitationThe government has chosen 84 institutions to serve as major resource centres for gramme panchayats, providing training and capacity building in order to provide reliable water delivery, better sanitation, and cleanliness. During the 15th FC period, states must identify nodal departments and put in place a system in compliance with the recommendations, according to the Jal Shakti ministry.

States have been required to implement a comprehensive “operation and maintenance” strategy in order to collect service expenses from consumers. This is anticipated to assist them in meeting recurrent expenses for rural water supply and sanitation services in communities in order to ensure long-term service delivery.

Every community will be required to create a five-year action plan for the same time as the 15th FC. Drinking water source strengthening, water supply, greywater treatment and reuse, operation and maintenance, solid and liquid waste management, and other components will be included in the plan. The gramme panchayat development plans will include these local action plans.

(Source – Business Standard)

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The Fifteenth Finance Commission (15th FC) has suggested a Rs 1.42-trillion tied grant to local rural authorities and panchayats over the next five years (from 2021–22 to 2025–26) in order to boost tap water provision and better sanitary facilities in villages.
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