Rs 521 lakh for water scheme in Manipur

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Imphal, Apr 4 (UNI) The Ministry of Rural Development granted a sum of Rs 521.37 lakh to the Manipur Government under the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission(RGNDWM) of Centrally-sponsored Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme(ARWSP) for the financial year 2007-08 Manipur Information Centre said.

Sources in the Ministry of Rural Development stated that Manipur Government would get the amount on account of excess opening balance as on April 1, 2007, from second instalment of Grant-in-Aid under the ARWSP (Normal) Programme for 2007-08.

About 15 per cent of funds released under this sanction would be utilised for operation and maintenance and up to five per cent of funds would be spent for taking sustainability measures.

The Ministry also requested to all States to delegate powers for management of Rural Water Supply Schemes through the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) as per the Constitution.

The Government of India introduced the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme(ARWSP) in 1972-73 to assist States and Union Territories with 100 per cent grants-in-aid to implement drinking water supply schemes in problem villages.

The entire programme was given a Mission approach when the Technology Mission on Drinking Water Management, called the National Drinking Water Mission (NDWM), was introduced as one of the five Missions in the social sector in 1986. NDWM was renamed the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission (RGNDWM) in 1991. Its three key objectives are Providing safe drinking water to all villages, Assisting local communities to maintain sources of safe drinking water in good condition, and Giving special attention for water supply to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Rural water supply is one of the six components of Bharat Nirman, which has been envisaged to build strong rural infrastructure in four years from 2005-06 to 2008-09. The task ahead during the Bharat Nirman period is to cover all remaining 55,067 uncovered habitations and also to cover about 3.31 lakh slipped-back habitations as well as 2.17 lakh water quality-affected ones.

Out of it, number of habitations planned to be covered for Manipur were 80 slipped-back habitations and 37 quality-affected habitations only.

Under Bharat Nirman, rural water supply in the first two years had impressive achievements. In 2005-06, a total of 97,215 habitations- 13,121 uncovered, 79,544 slipped back and 4,550 quality-affected habitations were covered against the target of 55,067 habitations.

During the year, against the target of 103 slipped back and 30 quality-affected habitations, Manipur covered 80 slipped back habitations. During the year, out of the total sum of Rs.4093.11 crore released for the scheme, Manipur received Rs. 30.53 crore.

In 2006-07, a total of 1,07,350 habitations- 12,440 uncovered, 89,580 slipped-back and 5,330 quality-affected habitations were covered against the target of 73,120 habitations. During the year, Manipur covered 178 slipped-back habitations against the target of 103 slipped- back and 20 quality-affected habitations. Out of the released amount of Rs 4552.40 crore for the scheme, Manipur received Rs 19.38 crore during the year.

In 2007-08 till November 2007, a total of 80,521 habitations- 4548 uncovered, 31,411 slipped-back and 44,582 quality-affected habitations were covered against the target of 183,487 habitations.

During the period, Manipur covered 54 slipped-back and 37 quality-affected habitations against the target of 37 quality-affected habitations. During the year as 31.12.2007, a sum of Rs 4515.74 crore was released to the States against the total allocation of Rs.6166.69 crore for the year 2007-08 and Manipur received a sum of Rs. 33.43 crore against the allocation of Rs. 38.88 crore.

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