GoI picks holes in implementation of safe drinking water mission in JK

Spends Just 40 Percent Of Rs 510 Cr; Only 45 Percent Habitations Covered So Far

MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, Jan 9:  The Jammu and Kashmir government has poorly implemented the Government of India funded program to provide safe drinking water to every rural household in the state, the Union Ministry for Drinking Water and Sanitation has pointed out.
The state has spend only 40 percent of the funds released to it during 2012-13 under National Rural Drinking Water Program (NRDWP) thereby falling short by around 60 percent on covering the targeted habitations.

Financial Targets
Under the NRDWP the J&K was allocated Rs 510 crore out of which Rs 467 crore were released till December 31, 2012. However, JK has reported Rs 250 crores expenditure to the Ministry, which is equal to 40 percent of the total released funds. Of the Rs 510 crore JK had got Rs 456 crore allocation under Program Fund of which Rs 456 crore were released up to December 31 last year. However the expenditure reported by the state is only Rs 241.23 crore (41.65 percent). The Program fund is meant for covering the habitation under the NRDWP.
Similarly, of the Rs 33.78 crore funding allocated under Support Fund the ministry had released Rs 9.89 crore to the state. The expenditure reported by the JK under this head was Rs 6.10 crore (33.85 percent). The support fund includes activities like awareness generation and capacity building program through water quality testing, MIS and computerization.
Under Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance (WQMS) Fund the ministry did not release any fund of the allocated Rs 20.27 crore to the state. But Jammu and Kashmir has expended Rs 3.17 crore (19.38 percent) so far.
The NRDWP which aims at providing every rural person with adequate safe water for drinking, cooking and other domestic basic needs on a sustainable basis is funded by the Ministry on the 90:10 ratio. It is implemented by the PHE department in J&K.

Physical targets
For 2012-13 of the targeted 1042 Partially Covered habitations, JK has covered only 469 habitations (45.01 percent).
If any household in the habitation is not having access to at least 40 litre per capita per day of safe drinking water, then the habitation is called partially covered habitation.
The basic minimum level of potable drinking water supply is 40 liters of safe drinking water per capita per day (lpcd) for humans and making available water source within the habitation/within 500 meter distance from the household or 30 minute of time taken for fetching water.
Of the 12826 habitations JK has provided Water Quality Testing reports to the Ministry for only 714 (5.57 percent) habitations.
“The reports of remaining sources have not been received,” the Ministry has said in an evaluation report of the scheme in JK. 
The union ministry had set a target of 662 sustainability structures to be created in 2012-13 under the program. However, only 393 structures (59.37 percent) were built. 
Even the objective of providing safe drinking water to the students in more than 3500 schools has not been achieved by the state. 
Under the program JK was asked to cover 3587 Schools during 2012-13. But it has achieved the target in only 812 schools (22.64 percent). 
However the JK has shown impressive performance under Quality Affected Habitations. Of the 25 Quality Affected Habitations targeted under the program 19 habitations (76 percent) were covered up to November last year.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 9 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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