New Delhi, August 07, 2023.

Rs 16,484 crore from the central fund under the Jal Jeevan Mission is lying unused with states and Union Territories, the government said on Monday.

The mission aims to provide safe and adequate drinking water to all rural households by 2024.

Water, being a state subject, the states plan, implement, operate and maintain supply schemes, Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Prahlad Singh Patel said in response to a question in the Rajya Sabha.