Haryana Public Health and Engineering Minister, Ghanshyam Saraf said that out of the total funds of Rs 105.57 crore available under National Rural Drinking Water Scheme, the State Government has already spent of Rs 77.43 crore till January 31, 2016 which is approximately 73 percent of the total funds.
Sharaf was addressing the National Review of Rural Sanitation and Drinking Water Schemes with State Ministers and Secretaries in New Delhi today.
Saraf said that out of the total grant of Rs 32.96 crore available under Desert Development Programme (DDP), a sum of Rs 31 crore has already been spent till January 31, 2016 which is 94 percent of the total funds. He said that directions have been issued for the smooth functioning and maintenance of water houses in the State. A special campaign has also been launched to clean the filters of canal based water houses to ensure purification of water, he added.
He said that in a recent analysis of water sources conducted in rural areas of the State, 508 sources have been found fluoride affected and 10 arsenic affected. The Minister said that alternative sources have been provided in the colonies where the sources were found above 50 per cent fluoride affected and to provide alternative sources in the remaining areas have been proposed in the annual action plan for the year 2016-17. The State government has provided alternate ground water sources in the habitation which were found quality affected. Further, the community water purification plans are being installed only in those habitations where save ground water or surfer sources are not available, he added.
The minister further said that under ‘Swachh Bharat Mission – Gramin’, 85 percent households have been covered with individual households latrines and 93 percent community sanitary complexes have been constructed against the target. He said that the State government has adopted a cluster based approach to achieve the status of ODF by December, 2017 under which a cluster of five gram panchayats in proximity to each other in a block having about 2000 households have been made. He said that six districts would be made ODF by the year 2016 and during the year 2015-16, 932 gram panchayats have already been declared ODF.