|EARLY TIMES REPORT|
JAMMU, May 29: Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam Friday chaired the 1st meeting of the Apex Committee of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), J&K.
Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department, Principal Secretary, Information Department, Commissioner Secretary, Jal Shakti Department, Secretary, Planning Development & Monitoring Department participated in the meeting.
Principal Secretary, School Education Department and representative from Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, GoI also attended the meeting through video conference. At the outset, Commissioner Secretary, Jal Shakti Department gave a detailed presentation to the members of the Apex Committee outlining the profile of Jal Jeevan Mission, a time bound programme to ensure ‘Har Ghar Nal Se Jal’ in rural households. Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, a total of 10.3 lakh households will be covered at an estimated outlay of Rs. 10,644 Crore in the 3 Phases. In this regard, a revised action plan, targets and time lines for completion of the mission in a phased manner was given out in the meeting. During Phase I, 2.3 lakh households will be provided with Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) in the three districts of Reasi, Srinagar and Ganderbal by March 2021. In Phase II, 3.8 Lakh households will be provided with FHTC in 7 districts of Bandipora, Doda, Kulgam, Poonch, Samba, Udhampur and Pulwama latest by December 2021. In Phase III, 4.1 lakh households will be covered in the remaining 10 districts of Anantnag, Budgam, Baramulla, Jammu, Kathua, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri, Kupwara and Shopian by December, 2022. The Apex Committee also discussed and approved the Annual Action Plan of Jal Jeevan Mission. It was conveyed during the meeting that an allocation amounting to Rs. 680 Crore has been earmarked as central share for J&K under JJM for financial year 2020-21. The Department was directed to take up speedy implementation of works under the Jal Jeevan Mission so that the programme is completed much before its scheduled target date.