Gangtok, 30th November 2020 (IPR): A meeting of Members of District Water and Sanitation Mission (DWSM) was held at the Conference Hall of East District Zilla Panchayat Bhawan, DAC Complex, Sichey today. The District Collector, East cum Chairman/CEO (DWSM), Shri Ragul K, presided over a District level meeting for the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).
The main objective of the programme was to provide administrative approval by members of District Water and Sanitation Mission (DWSM) from line departments of the District Government to allow in-village water supply schemes at the district level.
Government of India has restructured and subsumed the ongoing National Rural Drinking Water Programme(NRDWP) into Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) to provide Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every rural household i.e., Har Ghar Nal Se Jal (HGNSJ) by 2024. The goal of JJM is to provide functional household tap connection to every household with service level at the rate of 55 litres per capita per day.
Present in the meeting alongside the District Collector, East were Smt. Radha Pradhan, Additional District Collector, Development; Shri Sonam Gyatso Bhutia, District Planning Officer-cum-Member Secretary, DWSM; Smt Neelam Rai, Superintendent Engineer, EDZP and other Officers from line departments.
DC/E, Shri Ragul K. who is also the Chairman CEO of JJM said that the coordination of all line departments was necessary and hoped all the Government institutions of the district will be involved in the project. He directed the representatives of the Education Department to make sure that all schools must have a continuous water supply. Likewise, he directed the Social Justice and Welfare Department to make sure that there was continuous water supply in all the ICDS centres of the district. In the end, he urged all the line departments of the government to co-ordinate properly to make this mission a success.
Smt Neelam Rai in her brief address apprised everyone about the 10 BACs from East District have submitted estimates for water related issues and the estimates shall soon go to the Apex Committee.
During the session, the administrative approval for in-village water supply schemes at the district level was approved by the members of DWSM in the meeting.