THIS is in reference to a writeup titled, “Fate of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” by Mukhtar Ahmad Farooqi (Kashmir Observer 9th April). The author has highlighted some salient features of the scheme. He should have highlighted the funds available under the waste management programme of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan as well. The funds are not spent on the ground, especially in J&K for the last several years as project proposals are not prepared by respective District Panchayat offices. Even if some proposals have been prepared, the authorities have not cleared them as these proposals are mostly faulty and have been prepared by people who have never worked on waste management. Open defecation is not a big challenge in J&K nor was it in the past as well but managing solid waste is indeed a challenging task in urban and rural areas of J&K. The Govt of J&K has not hired technical agencies which would assist the Rural Sanitation Department in implementing solid liquid waste management programmes in rural areas. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) must seek an explanation from J&K Govt for having failed to clean up villages in J&K under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
Sajad Hussain Mir
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