No 10 pc public contribution for rural piped water scheme

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Bhopal, May 14 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh Government today decided to do away with the condition of 10 per cent public contribution for the implementation of rural piped water or spot water supply schemes.

The decision was taken at the state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here.

The works pertaining to water supply schemes in rural areas are carried out by the Public Health Engineering Department under the Centre's Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme, an official release said here today.

The cost of general water supply schemes under the programme is equally shared by the central and state governments.

Earlier, as per the policy released by the PHE Department, directives were issued for panchayats to collect 10 per cent of the cost of piped water schemes by way of public contribution.

Subsequently, directives were issued that the donation of labour or water conservation works done by villagers would be evaluated and adjusted against 10 per cent contribution as public donation.

Even after this, it was found difficult to obtain 10 per cent public donation. Later, the cabinet extended it for another year.

Even then difficulty was experienced in obtaining 10 per cent cost of these schemes by way of public contribution causing hurdles in their implementation. Hence the decision was taken, the release added.


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