Punjab villages to be covered under Swehjal Dhara scheme

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Hoshiarpur, Feb 6 (UNI) All those villages of Punjab which are still deprived of potable water facility, will be covered under Central sponsored Swehjal Dhara scheme.

In the first phase, as many as 150 villages of Hoshiarpur district would be identified and would be covered under this scheme, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, Charanjit Singh Atwal said here today.

While presiding over a meeting of the district vigilance committee at mini secretariat here this evening, Charanjit Singh Atwal said that under this scheme 10 to 15 villages in each block would be identified.

Of the total cost, 90 per cent would be provided by the government and the remaining would be bore by the beneficiaries.

The village having 40 per cent Scheduled Caste population has to pay only 5 per cent of it.

Apart from providing potable water to the inhabitants of these villages, they would also get other benefits like draining out of sewage water and digging of ponds under this scheme.

Deputy Speaker advised the officers to brief the villagers about this scheme so that they could make their contribution for its success.

Mr Atwal emphasised the need to utilise the grants provided under the Union government schemes and MPLAD funds in the shortest period and to send utilization certificates to the concerned authorities in stipulated time.


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