Jal Jeevan Mission Promotes Research and Development

  • Jal Jeevan Mission is being implemented in partnership with States, to enable every household in villages to have functional household tap connection by 2024.
  • This Mission aims at ensuring potable water supply in adequate quantity (@ the rate of 55 litres per person per day) and of prescribed quality to every rural household on regular and long-term basis.
  • The rural drinking water supply is a complex subject with various social, environmental and technical challenges like
    • geo-genic and anthropogenic water quality issues,
    • long-termpotable water supply in harsh edapho-climatic conditions and
    • Disaster-prone areas, measurement and monitoring of water service delivery, behaviour change management, cost-effective grey-water treatment and reuse etc.
  • Thus, given the challenges and the knowledge gaps being faced while implementing the Jal Jeevan Mission with speed and scale along with the future of rural water security,
    • There is a pressing need for significant research and innovation in the water supply sector.
  • National Jal Jeevan Mission is inviting proposals from young innovators, researchers, academia, entrepreneurs, start-ups working in this sector to provide cost-effective solutions and fill knowledge gaps.
  • Further, the Department/ National Mission/ SWSM will conduct action research and concurrent evaluation studies for adopting evidence-based technical intervention to manage rural water supply efficiently, effectively and economically.
  • These R&D projects under Jal Jeevan Mission will facilitate in building partnership with
    • scientists and R&D institutions, innovators, entrepreneurs and
    • create useful knowledge that will help in in addressing various challenges
    • In the drinking water sector so as to improve the lives of people.

       National Training Academy for Rural Self Employment Training Institutesin Bengaluru

  • E-Foundation stone laying ceremony of the new training Institute building of National Academy of RUDSETI (NAR) was held recently.
  • The NAR undertakes monitoring, mentoring and capacity building of the Rural Self Employment Training Institutes staff (585 RSETIs are spread across 566 districts of the country), State/UT Rural Livelihood Mission staff and the concerned Bank officials on behalf of the Ministry of Rural Development.
  • RSETIs are unique initiative where State Governments, the Union Govt. and the commercial Banks are working together to address the issue of rural poverty.
  • The importance of RSETI setup in furthering the efforts of mitigating the problem of unemployment in the country.
  • RSETIs are Rural Self Employment Training Institutes, an initiative of Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) to have dedicated infrastructure in each district of the country to impart training and skill upgradation of rural youth geared towards entrepreneurship development.
  • RSETIs are managed by banks with active co-operation from the Government of India and State Governments.

       Objectives of RSETIs

  • Rural BPL youth will be identified and trained for self-employment.
  • The trainings offered will be demand driven.
  • Area in which training will be provided to the trainee will be decided after assessment the candidate’s aptitude.
  • Hand holding support will be provided for assured credit linkage with banks.
  • Escort services will be provided for at least for two years soon to ensure sustainability of micro enterprise trainees.
  • The trainees will be provided intensive short-term residential self-employment training programmes with free food and accommodation.