Conference of District Collectors on JJS 2023 & SSG 2023

Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS) on November 21, 2022, conducted a National Conference of District Collectors to discuss both the Jal Jeevan Survekshan (JJS) 2023 and the Swachh Survekshan Grameen (SSG) 2023. 

During the virtual meeting, top-performing States/UTs were recognized for progress made under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and Swachh Bharat Mission – Grameen (SBM-G).

The virtual conference was attended by Shri Sunil Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR), Shri Nagendra Nath Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Principal Secretaries, Mission Directors and District Collectors/District Magistrates.        

Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Vini Mahajan, Secretary DDWS said, “We need to focus and work towards sustainability of water sources. Communities have to take ownership of the water supply structures so that continuous supply of drinking water is ensured.”

On the SSG 2023, Smt. Mahajan applauded the top performers and encouraged others to start their SSG 2023 preparations. “SSG is not just a ranking exercise but also a vehicle for ensuring prompt action for the achievement of SBM(G) 2.0 programme elements.”

She added that the new and critical feature i.e. self-assessment by Panchayats on ODF Plus progress for all its villages, as part of SSG 2023 will not only enhance participation from communities/panchayats but at the same time also act as a tool to build capacities of panchayats on ODF Plus verticals.

Shri Nagendra Nath Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development spoke on the role played by Self Help Groups (SHGs) as partners in progress that help in programme implementation and provide support whenever required.

Shri Sunil Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, applauded the efforts of the Ministry of Jal Shakti for creating healthy competition among the districts which will improve their performance and nudge them for further action leading to safe drinking water and sanitation services for all.

It is hoped that both Jal Jeevan Survekshan and SSG 2023 will encourage States/ UTs to perform better with every passing month and help in faster coverage and better service delivery.       

DDWS runs two flagship programs to cater to the water and sanitation needs of the country i.e., Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and Swachh Bharat Mission- Grameen (SBM-G).  While JJM aims to supply every household with quality tap water supply, SBM(G) aims to make rural India ODF plus by providing complete sanitation.  Among the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms under both JJM and SBM-G are the assessment surveys JJS and SSG, which rank the states/UTs and their districts based on their performance on various components of each of the Missions. 

JJM which was launched on 15th August 2019 to provide clean drinking tap water in every rural household of the country has led to over 10.56 crore rural households (54.58 percent) currently getting tap water compared to the 3.23 Crore (17 percent) that had access to tap water connection at the start of the mission.

On the other hand, Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen (SBM-G) which is now in Phase II successfully declared rural India Open Defecation Free (ODF) in 2019, bringing the toilet coverage from 39 percent in 2014 to 100 percent in 2019.  In its second phase launched in 2020, SBM(G) aims to make rural India ODF plus by moving from just access to toilets to complete sanitation comprising management of solid and liquid waste management. As of date, as many as 1.27 lakh villages are ODF plus.

Jal Jeevan Survekshan 2023 which is a part of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), encourages healthy competition among States/ UTs, and a tool kit was released in this regard on 21st October 2022. The assessment survey helps to incentivize States/Districts functionaries to strive for better performances and improved water service delivery in rural areas.

Swachh Survekshan Grameen (SSG) which has been conducted since 2018 ranks the States and Districts basis their performance on key quantitative and qualitative SBM(G) parameters as well as for engaging the rural community in the improvement of their sanitation status through an intensive and holistic IEC campaign. SSG 2023 envisages further intensifying the SSG campaign, making it much more participative and competitive in design.  SSG 2023 toolkit and SSG 2023 dashboard were launched by the Minister of Jal Shakti on 2nd November at the Rural WASH Partner’s Forum session at the India Water Week.

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