Rs. 1.42 Lakh Crore tied grant to Panchayats for water & sanitation during 2021-22 to 2025-26

 

As per 15th Finance Commission recommendations


Huge push for assured tap water supply to every home and improved sanitation in villages – Gram Panchayats to act as local public utilities

New Delhi।  Asal Baat News ।

Rs. 1,42,084 Crore tied grant to rural local bodies (RLBs)/ panchayats for water and sanitation for the five years 2021–22 to 2025–26, which has been recommended by the 15th Finance Commission, will have a huge impact on ensuring these services in villages and thus on public health and quality of life in rural areas. The 15th Finance Commission tied grants will ensure more funds to Gram Panchayats to make their water supply and sanitation-related plans implemented and Gram Panchayats can function as local ‘public utilities’ with a focus on ‘service delivery. This is a big step towards strengthening the local self-government in line with the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution of India.

            The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Government of India has issued the Guidelines for release and utilization of grants recommended by the 15th Finance Commission for RLBs/ PRIs during the period 2021–22 to 2025–26. The Dept. of Drinking Water & Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt of India will act as the nodal Department for determining the eligibility of the rural local bodies for the ‘15th FC tied grant for water & sanitation’ and recommend release of tied grant for water & sanitation, to the Dept. of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance for all States.

Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation has recommended for release of 1st installment of tied grant to 25 States for water & sanitation activities & onward transfer to RLBs/ PRIs. With 50 thousand Crore budgetary support by Government of India, 30 thousand Crore State’s share for Jal Jeevan Mission and this year allocation of Rs. 28 thousand Crore under 15th Tied grant for water and sanitation, more than one lakh crore fund is available for making provision of piped water supply in villages. This will gave a huge impact on the rural economy.

          To help and enable RLBs/ panchayats to perform their functions as recommended by the 15th Finance Commission, State’s Water & Sanitation/ Rural Water Supply/ Public Health Engineering Departments will provide technical assistance to these Panchayats/ RLBs. To simplify and help RLBs/ panchayats, the Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti has prepared a manual for utilization of these funds and the same has been made available to all State Governments. They have been requested to get the manual translated into vernacular language and it should be made available to every village Panchayat. A massive drive is to be taken to sensitize, train and empower the panchayat functionaries to utilize this fund to ensure tap water supply and improved sanitation in villages.

         In all, the 15th Finance Commission recommended Rs. 2,36,805 Crore to RLBs/ PRIs for the period 2021-22 to 2025-26. Commission also identified ‘water supply and sanitation’ as national priority areas, which determines the quality of life of people living in rural areas. It has recommended 60% of the allocation to RLBs/ Panchayats i.e. Rs. 1,42, 084 Crore as a tied grant to be utilized for a.) supply of drinking water, rainwater harvesting and water recycling; and b.) sanitation & maintenance of open-defecation free (ODF) status.


State-wise allocation of tied grant to RLBs/ PRIs for water & sanitation

(2021-22 to 2025-26)

(Amount in Rs. Crore)

#

State

2021-22

2022-23

2023-24

2024-25

2025-26

Total

1.

Andhra Pradesh

1,164

1,206

1,218

1,292

1,260

6,138

2.

Arunachal Pradesh

102

106

108

114

112

540

3.

Assam

712

736

744

790

770

3,752

4.

Bihar

2,226

2,306

2,330

2,468

2,408

11,736

5.

Chhattisgarh

646

668

676

716

698

3,402

6.

Goa

34

34

34

38

36

176

7.

Gujarat

1,418

1,468

1,484

1,572

1,534

7,474

8.

Haryana

562

580

588

622

606

2,958

9.

Himachal Pradesh

190

198

200

212

206

1,004

10.

Jharkhand

750

776

784

832

810

3,952

11.

Karnataka

1,426

1,478

1,494

1,582

1,544

7,524

12.

Kerala

722

748

756

800

780

3,806

13.

Madhya Pradesh

1,766

1,830

1,850

1,960

1,912

9,316

14.

Maharashtra

2,584

2,676

2,706

2,866

2,796

13,628

15.

Manipur

78

82

82

88

86

414

16.

Meghalaya

82

84

84

90

88

426

17.

Mizoram

42

42

44

46

44

218

18.

Nagaland

56

58

58

62

60

292

19.

Odisha

1,002

1,036

1,048

1,110

1,084

5,280

20.

Punjab

616

638

644

682

666

3,246

21.

Rajasthan

1,712

1,774

1,794

1,900

1,852

9,032

22.

Sikkim

18

20

20

22

20

100

23.

Tamil Nadu

1,600

1,656

1,674

1,774

1,730

8,436

24.

Telangana

820

850

858

908

886

4,320

25.

Tripura

84

88

88

94

92

448

26.

Uttar Pradesh

4,324

4,480

4,528

4,796

4,678

22,808

27.

Uttarakhand

256

264

268

282

274

1,344

28.

West Bengal

1,956

2,026

2,050

2,170

2,116

10,320

Total

26,940

27,908

28,212

29,880

29,144

1,42,084