Jal Jeevan Mission, SBM Top Priority Of GoI, J&K Admin: LG

Srinagar- Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday reviewed the progress of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen (SBM-G) during a high-level meeting with the officials of Union Ministry and UT administration, at the Civil Secretariat.

At the outset, Ms Vini Mahajan, Secretary, Union Ministry of Jal Shakti briefed the chair via a PowerPoint presentation on the status of implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission and SBM-Grameen in the J&K UT. Ms. Mahajan highlighted key implementation issues and proposed specific recommendations for further effective implementation of these flagship programs of Government of India.

During the meeting, the Lt Governor expressed his appreciation for the team of Ministry of Jal Shakti for providing valuable insights and recommendations to achieve the desired goals under the flagship missions.

Reiterating the UT administration’s commitment to provide assured basic services to the people living in rural areas, the Lt Governor observed that the effective implementation of both these flagship schemes has a tremendous potential to transform the lives of ordinary citizens in order to make our villages self-sufficient and more sustainable.

The Lt Governor said that Jal Jeevan Mission and SBM is the top priority of GoI and UT administration. He issued explicit directions to the concerned officers to work on a mission mode to provide safe and adequate drinking water and sanitation to all citizens.

“Sufficient resources have been allocated to provide tap water supply to all households by December this year. We need robust institutional arrangements to ensure benefit of common man,” the Lt Governor said.

The Lt Governor directed the Chief Engineers of Jal Shakti Department to expedite the tendering and allotment process for different works under JJM. The Lt Governor called for better synergy between executing agencies to ensure its timely and effective implementation.

On Swachh Bharat Mission, the Lt Governor directed the concerned officers for identifying gaps in implementation and undertaking extensive IEC campaigns to promote various sanitation techniques and bring about a positive behavioural change in the society.
The Lt Governor directed officials to move towards expediting ODF Plus achievement in the districts by laying specific focus on implementing suitable mechanisms for village-level waste segregation, scientific solid waste management, greywater management, imposition of ban on plastic use, and making cleanliness campaigns a ‘Jan Andolan’.

During the meeting, Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta set specific timelines for the concerned departments with respect to the completion of targets under Jal Jeevan Mission and impressed upon the concerned officers to work with greater zeal for achieving the desired results.

DDC Chairperson Budgam Calls On LG

Nazir Ahmad Khan, Chairperson, District Development Council, Budgam called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.

The DDC Chairperson expressed his gratitude to the Lt Governor for ushering in a new era of development in the UT, setting new records in project execution and ensuring the welfare of the people, an official spokesperson said.

During the meeting, he said, Khan apprised the Lt Governor about the development scenario in his constituency. The DDC Chairperson, he said, also submitted a memorandum of demands which included the construction of various roads, bridges over Nallah Sukhnag, augmentation of medical facilities at SDH Beerwah, new fair price shops and Anganwadi centres in different villages of Budgam, besides highlighting the issues pertaining to augmentation of power supply and promotion of religious tourism, among others.

“The Lt Governor gave a patient hearing to the issues and demands and assured the DDC Chairperson of taking up all genuine matters of public importance for their redressal on merit,” the spokesperson said.

The LG, he said, urged the DDC Chairperson to continue his endeavors of public welfare and contribute actively in the developmental journey of the UT of Jammu Kashmir.


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