Jammu: Stressing that the government is committed to providing basic facilities to the citizens, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta on Monday said that efforts are afoot to extend tap water facility to every household by August 15, 2022.
“Efforts are afoot to extend facility of tap water to every household by August 15, 2022,” Dr Mehta said while speaking at a one day workshop on implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) at the convention centre here organized by the Jal Shakti Department.
Mission Director JJM, J&K, Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah highlighted the broad contours of this workshop.
The Chief Secretary, stressed on the need for working in transparent and accountable manner so the goals set under the mission are accomplished fully.
He added that it is a firm commitment of the government to extend every basic facility to the people of J&K and launching of Jal Jeevan Mission is a step forward in this direction.
He expressed hope that this workshop will supplement efforts of all stakeholders towards the successful implementation of this ambitious mission envisaging it as a noble mission.
Dr Mehta asked the engineers to work hard to achieve the set targets besides ensuring formulation of pragmatic and comprehensive DPRs for achieving optimum outcome under different projects.
He stressed that all ground level workers like JEs, AEs, AEEs and others have to understand the scheme in all respects for better implementation of water supply schemes with 100 percent quality work and maintenance by the panchayats.
Dr Mehta also directed the concerned officers to plan a well knit strategy for effective implementation of JJM in Jammu and Kashmir with focus on a single village scheme.
During the workshop, Mission Director, National Jal Jeevan Mission, Union Ministry of Jal Shakti, Bharat Lal, apprised the participants of the vision and way forward on implementation of this ambitious mission.
He informed that Gram Panchayats, Village Water and Sanitation and Pani Samities have to play a key role in planning, implementation, management, operation and maintenance (O&M) of in-village water supply system to ensure use of locally available water source and dovetailing of resources.
Besides, every village has a Village Action Plan (VAP) for 5 years with 4 components including drinking water source strengthening; drinking water supply; grey water treatment and its reuse besides operation and maintenance (O&M).
Pertinently, all the village action plans of Jammu and Kashmir have been prepared by JJM.