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Govt forms district level PMUs to accelerate JJM, identify bottlenecks

'Over 22000 schools, 23000 AWCs get tap water'

Post by Sameer Showkin Lone on Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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Srinagar, Dec 12: The Jammu and Kashmir government has set up District Level Project Management Units (DLPMU) to streamline the planning, implementation and monitoring of the Jal Jeevan Mission at the grass root level.
According to the official order issued by Principal Secretary to the government Jal Shakti Department Shaleen Kabra, a huge quantum of work in terms of raising water supply, infrastructure and handholding of local communities, requires a robust mechanism at the UT, District and Village level for effective planning and monitoring of the mission.
The order, reviewed by Rising Kashmir reads that the District level PMU will suggest measures and a roadmap for corrective measures and identify problems and bottlenecks apart from water quality monitoring and surveillance community mobilisation,.
The PMU will comprise a project manager (technical expert), three coordinators and one support staff.
Meanwhile, the General Administration Department in a separate order today constituted a six member committee for their engagement in District Level Project Management Units (PMU’s) to be set up under Jal Jeevan Mission which will be headed by Principal Secretary Jal Jeevan Mission.
Efforts are also being made to ensure tap water availability for drinking, cooking mid-day meals, washing hands and usage in toilets in all schools and Anganwadi centres (AWCs). As on date, 22,421 schools (100 per cent) and 23,926 (100 per cent) Anganwadi centres in J&K have been provided with tap water, as per the official details provided by the JJM.
It may be mentioned that the Union Government has allocated a whopping sum of over Rs 9289 crore to the UT under Jal Jeevan Mission 2022-23.
The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir contemplates to become ‘HAR GHAR JAL’ Union Territory by the financial year 2022-23. Out of total 18.35 lakh rural households in the UT, 10.39 lakh (57 per cent) households have tap water connections. Srinagar and Ganderbal districts have already achieved the target of having 100 percent households with tap water connections.

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