From Our Correspondent
Itagar, Dec 22: Aruchal Pradesh PHED Minister Takam Pario has urged the officers of his department to develop a proper strategy to achieve the target of 40,000 Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) during the current year.
The minister said this while attending a departmental review meeting on Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) and on water supply sector here today, an official communiqué informed.
Appealing the officers to involve all local MLAs and Panchayat leaders for implementation and its proper monitoring of the works in view of the magnimity of the programme, the minister informed that a huge additiol incentive to the tune of Rs 8000/- per IHHL has been extended by the state government above the cost ceiling of Rs 12,000/- fixed by the Central government, raising the cost to Rs 20,000/- per IHHL.
Pario further desired to persolly review the achievements on Panchayat, Zilla and assembly segments and suggested for devoting more time to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Gramin) activities to make state open defecation Free by October, 2019. While participating in the discussion, parliamentary secretary Kumsi Sidisow stressed for constitution of a circle level monitoring team involving administrative officers, panchayat leaders and officers of other line departments for successful implementation of activities under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Gramin),
PHED Commissioner H K Shalla in his concluding remarks urged all the field functiories to implement the schemes as per the approved design and drawings. He further warned of initiating discipliry actions against non-performing and insincere field officers.
In all 176 rural habitations have been targeted to be covered during the current fincial year under tiol Rural Drinking Water Supply Programme (NRDWP) under support from union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation apart from major water supply projects funded under various sources.
In view of drastic cut in the overall allocation under Water Supply Sector by the Ministry, coverage of habitations have been curtailed so much so that unless new avenues for funding is outsourced the coverage status shall still be very low in view of more than 53 percent of habitations in the state still without proper and adequate water supply, the communiqué added.