Message from the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation,

Ministry of Jal Shakti

The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on August 15, 2019, announced the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) that will provide tap water to all rural households across the country. Earmarking, Rs. 3.5 lakh crore, he said that Centre and States will together take forward the mission that would involve water conservation, irrigation, rain-water harvesting, seawater or waste water treatment, and 'Per Drop, More Crop’ Micro Irrigation for the farmers. Similar to the Swachh Bharat Mission, it should become a people’s movement involving all sections of the society.

Meanwhile, in Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G), the largest behaviour change campaign ever attempted in the field of sanitation in the world, sanitation coverage has increased from 38.70% in October 2014 to 100% as on 2nd October, 2019. The achievement of a Swachh Bharat was a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.

Under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), 10.11 crore toilets have been built, 5.99 lakh villages, 699 districts, and 35 States and UTs have been declared open defecation free. Currently, with a view to taking the entire country from ODF to ODF Plus, ODF Sustainability activities continue to ensure: sustained behavior change for safe sanitation; leaving no one behind and addressing gaps; community toilets for floating populations; refresher training of all grassroots functionaries.

Sanitation has been proven, by various independent studies, to have a positive economic as well as health impact on families in rural India. The National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS) 2018-19, has found that 63.3% of rural population is practicing solid and liquid waste management (ODF Plus).

This web-based knowledge portal will help users find information pertaining to sanitation quickly and efficiently. The simple and collaborative portal will record good practices, local solutions and innovations from the states, district and gram panchayats, which can directly upload information. It is hoped that this web-based knowledge portal will facilitate knowledge and experience sharing to accelerate SBM and JJM implementation; and empower individuals working in both SBM and JJM with the collective knowledge of the entire country.

A user guide with step by step instructions is available to provide essential information for the users to contribute as well as to use resources from the knowledge portal. It includes detailed description with step-by-step instructions and screenshots for accessing different features; while providing guidelines for selecting, validating and sharing relevant and accurate knowledge.