New Delhi: Concerned over the ongoing crisis of drinking water across the country, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the Union Minister of Jal Shakti, has on Tuesday reiterated that every household would get clean drinking water by 2024.While addressing a gathering, he said that the government is formulating a plan to provide clean drinking water to nearly 14 crore households. “The prime minister has set a target and our party manifesto talks about providing clean drinking water by 2024. There are nearly 14 crore households where clean drinking water is yet to reach,” Shekhawat told reporters here. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”The main agenda of the newly constituted ministry is ‘Jal se Nal’ under which tap water will be provided to all the households by 2024. Currently, the status of tapped water in the country is 18 per cent which has to be taken up to 100 per cent,” the minister said, adding that in the coming years there will be a deficit of 43 per cent between water availability and requirement and to address this issue, we have to come together with the same approach and vision. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe Centre has set a target of providing clean drinking water to all by 2024, Shekhawat said, adding that the government is formulating a plan to provide clean drinking water to nearly 14 crore households. Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his poll campaign, had promised to integrate all ministries that look after water-related issues into one ministry. The BJP had also promised to provide clean drinking water to all households in the country. He said that in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha, the coverage of clean drinking water is less than five per cent. Shekhawat held discussions with officials and ministers from several states looking after water-related issues.