Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 16
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has directed the Water Supply and Sanitation Department to ensure clean drinking water and toilets in all government schools and anganwadi centres in the state by November 30 to protect the health of children, especially in the present Covid situation.
Expressing concern over the health problems triggered among children due to lack of potable water and adequate water for sanitation purposes, the Chief Minister has ordered a massive campaign for this purpose under the ‘Mission Tandarust Punjab’ and ‘Swachh and Swasth Punjab’ programme of the government. The campaign will be undertaken with the active participation of school management committees, panchayats and local body representatives.
The Chief Minister’s directives were communicated to the Departments of School Education, Social Security, Women and Child Development, Finance, Local Government, Rural Development and Water Supply and Sanitation by Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan.
Chairing a meeting, Mahajan asked the Departments of Local Government and Water Supply and Sanitation to take immediate steps to ensure piped drinking water supply and toilets in all government schools and anganwadi centres as per the requirements projected by the respective departments.
Principal Secretary, Social Security Women and Child Development, Raji P Shrivastava and Secretary, School Education, Krishan Kumar said there were 27,302 anganwadi centres and 19,146 government schools in the state which shall be targeted during the campaign for ensuring clean drinking water and access to toilets.
Principal Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation, Jaspreet Talwar said Rs 38.76 crore had been provided to the Department of School Education for the construction of 7,152 toilet seats in schools and ensuring water for sanitation in 467 schools.
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