Min calls for proper planning, estimation of JJM schemes

ITANAGAR, Nov 5: PHE&WSD Minister Wangki Lowang impressed upon the officers of his department to ensure proper planning and estimation of the schemes under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) to provide equitable water supply to all in the villages.
Lowang on Tuesday attended a joint review meeting here on the National Rural Drinking Water Programme, the JJM, infrastructure proposed for border blocks, and the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).
He advised the officers to sensitize the communities to reducing wastage of water.
PHE&WSD Secretary Rinchin Tashi urged the officers to “prepare themselves to meet the challenges of the JJM.” In view of the dwindling water sources, he urged the field officers
to create as much awareness as possible towards ensuring water security and conservation of drinking water sources.
Tashi stressed the need for strengthening the system of monitoring projects’ implementation. He urged all the officers to work towards sustaining the state’s open defection-free status.
CE (EZ) T Basar presented details of the guidelines under the JJM which are being finalized at the ministry level.
Presenting the draft five-year action plan under the JJM, prepared on the basis of inputs and feedbacks from the field units, Basar reiterated the need for correct data reporting “as the JJM is about providing functional household tap connections to all the left-outs in the next four and half years.”
He also made a presentation on the special infrastructure proposal on border blocks submitted to the home affairs ministry. The status of drinking water supply in rural administrative headquarters was also reviewed during the meeting.
CE (WZ) Toko Jyoti urged all the divisions to prepare estimates “only on field-based and expeditiously, so that the SLSSC could be convened early.”
On solid waste management in the rural headquarters, Jyoti asked the EEs to prepare plans and submit them to the competent authority for a final decision.
Mission Director Sentum Yomcha highlighted the status of solid liquid waste management and the community sanitary complex under the SBM.
Naharlagun PHED SE Tayum Tok made a presentation on the proposed draft of the drinking water catchment areas protection bill.