Sahu reviews implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in J&K

Jammu: Commissioner Secretary PHE and I&FC, Ajeet Kumar Sahu, today convened an officers meeting to review implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission and status of piped water to all households in Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting was attended by Project Director SSA, Chief Engineers Jal Shakti Department Jammu/Kashmir, Director Finance Jal Shakti Department, Director Planning Rural Development Department and Panchayati Raj, Director Planning Jal Shakti Department and other concerned.
Kashmir based officers attended the meeting through video conference.
The meeting was informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a massive programme ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ on August 2019 to achieve the target to provide clean piped water to every household in the country by 2024.
The meeting was told that the under Jal Jeevan Mission 55 liters of water would be provided per person by 2024.
For J&K, the meeting was informed that the government has set a deadline of 2022 for providing the cleaned piped water to all households under the Mission and of 18.17 lakh households, 7.82 lakh rural household have been covered till date.
The meeting also approved Annual Action Plan for the year 2020-21 and Rs 10,000 crore Budget outlay sanctioned for improving water supply infrastructure in rural areas of J&K with 1100 crore would be spend during the current year during which 2.32 lakh households would be covered.
It was also informed that ten water testing laboratories would be established across J&K under National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) standard.
After completion these laboratories would be handed over to Panchayat Raj Institutions and every Panchayat would be provided field testing kits to check water quality in very Panchayat, besides local rural youth would be imparted trainings to executive water quality testing, the meeting was informed.

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