New Delhi, Sep 29 (UNI) The Centre has approved the Gujarat government's request for setting up of a Communication and Capacity Development Unit for water supply sector in the state and would soon release the requisite funds.
Earlier, the Centre had approved setting up of a CCDU for rural sanitation sector in the state. This was done following a proposal for establishing CCDU by the state to the Ministry of Rural Development in 2005. The project cost for this proposal was Rs 3.05 crore for the first year.
The state later sent another request to the Union government for establishing a separate CCDU for drinking water sector.
While this matter was under consideration of the Centre, the Working Group set up, as decided in the Conference of Ministers' in-charge of Drinking Water, recommended strongly the need for a separate CCDU for water supply in the states where two separate departments are handling the subject of sanitation and rural water supply. Accordingly, the guidelines on the subject had been modified to permit two units in such states and Gujarat's request was accepted.
Meanwhile, the Centre has released Rs 208.27 lakh for the Total Sanitation Campaign for Gumla District of Jharkhand recently. The Department of Drinking Water Supply of the Rural Development released the amount towards the balance of the first instalment representing 30 per cent of the Revised Central share of Rs 1548.23 lakh for Gumla District. With this release, an amount of Rs 464.47 lakh of the revised Central share stands released, under the scheme to the district.