Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 1
The Union Jal Shakti Ministry has asked the UT Administration of Ladakh to give emphasis on engaging the local community in the implementation, operation and maintenance of water supply systems created under the Centre’s Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).
During a meeting with the authorities of the UT to review the progress of the JJM’s implementation, the ministry specified that voluntary organisations, NGOs and women self-help groups (SHGs) must be roped in as support agencies to hand hold the local community in all aspects of the implementation of the JJM, including the planning.
Plans 100% implementation by 2021-22
- The JJM aims to provide tap water to every rural household in the country by 2024
- The UT has planned to achieve 100 per cent implementation of the scheme by 2021-22
- Ladakh has around 44,082 rural households in 1,421 habitations, 288 villages and 191 gram panchayats
- To achieve the goal of universal coverage of the JJM, the UT needs to utilise the existing water supply infrastructure
The authorities were asked to organise training for capacity building of gram panchayat functionaries as well as other stakeholders, and also focus on skill development training in villages to create a pool of trained human resources at the village level to manage the systems.
Also, the UT was advised to carry out the mandatory chemical testing and bacteriological testing of drinking water sources. Water quality testing is one of the priority areas under the mission. The JJM aims to provide tap water to every rural household in the country by 2024. However, the UT has planned to achieve 100 per cent implementation by 2021-22.
Ladakh has around 44,082 rural households in 1,421 habitations, 288 villages and 191 gram panchayats. To achieve the goal of universal coverage of the JJM , the UT needs to utilise the existing water supply infrastructure.
During the meeting, the ministry was infromed that Ladakh had 254 villages with piped water supply systems.
The administration is working on retrofitting and augmentation of the existing PWSs to provide tap water connections to the remaining households. Issues like preparation of the village action plan, constitution of village water and sanitation committee (VWSC) also cropped up during the meeting.
In 2020-21, Ladakh has been allocated about Rs 352 crore for the implementation of the JJM.
The UT was urged to plan for dovetailing of funds at the village level in convergence with other programmes such as the MGNREGS, SBM, Local Area Development Fund for taking up works like strengthening of drinking water sources, water harvesting and grey water management.
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