Audit picks holes in NRDWP implementation in JK

‘State has reported less than 50% achievement’

IMRAN MUZAFFAR

Srinagar, Nov 21: A vital flagship scheme of the Government of India aimed at providing safe drinking water to rural population has been poorly implemented in Jammu and Kashmir, an audit report has revealed.
The audit report by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has revealed that Jammu & Kashmir has reported low (less than 50%) achievement against the targets under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) among states including Sikkim, Punjab, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
 “Against the target of 798967 habitations for coverage during the 11th Five year plan, the coverage up to 28th February 2012 was 613154 (76.74%),” it states.
“The States of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, MP, Orissa, Himachal and Tamil Nadu have exceeded their targets whereas Sikkim, Punjab, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir have reported low (less than 50%) achievement against the targets.”
The J&K Government has even failed to spend the central funds with almost Rs 15 crore of the previous fiscal yet to be utilized on the scheme. The approved central share for J&K was Rs 283 crores. Against the first installment of released amount of Rs 82 crores, the state government has spent Rs 77 crores, the audit reveals.
It says the J&K Government has covered 903 habitations against the targeted 962 localities during the year 2010-11. During 2011-2012, against the proposed 923 habitations, the state government has covered only 156 localities.
The audit notes that the state government has shown minuscule progress under Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC). During 2010-2011, the Government has shown a progress of 2.42 percent, far behind than in any other states.
The audit says habitations covered under the programme are provided with safe drinking water while as water sources used by uncovered localities could be contaminated with chemicals. “The current status of provision of drinking water in rural areas as measured by the percentage of habitations where the population is fully covered with adequate (40lpcd) and safe drinking water, as per information entered by States on the online monitoring system of the Ministry, is about 72% of total rural habitations. The rest are either partially covered or have drinking water sources contaminated with chemical contamination,” it reveals.
The flagship scheme—NRDWP—was introduced by the Government of India in 2005.  
Pertinently, a number of studies have been conducted by non-governmental organizations in J&K revealing people were drinking contaminated with water and the count of Coliform bacteria was increasing in the water sources of valley.
A study by Integrated Disease Surveillance Unit (IDSU), Srinagar, conducted during January 2011 and December 2011 had revealed that Coliform bacteria in tap water were increasing at an alarming pace. The researchers had used multiple tube method known as Most Probable Number (MPN) to check the percentage of the contaminants. “People in Kashmir are consuming contaminated water and are under severe threat of water-borne diseases as tap water contamination has gone beyond the permissible limits,” the study by the IDSU had revealed.
“Viral hepatitis A and E are being reported frequently in the Valley. The incidence is generally more than one outbreak per month which is related to water contamination,” the study had said.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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