6 states to get Central assistance under ARWSP

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New Delhi, Jun 5 (UNI) Six states including Mizoram, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have been sanctioned Rs 23.0972 crore as grant-in-aid under the Centrally sponsored Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP) of Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission (RGNDWM).

The amount given by the Ministry of Rural Development is to help the states for restoration of the rural drinking water supply system damaged due to recent floods or rain in the state during the current financial year.

An amount of Rs 7.99 crore has been sanctioned to the Uttar Pradesh government as additional Central assistance to restore the rural drinking water supply system.

The Mizoram government has been given Rs 4 crore for restoring the rural drinking water supply system damaged in the floods, while Sikkim would get Rs 2 crore as additional Central assistance.

A sum of Rs 77.72 lakh has been earmarked for the Andhra Pradesh government.

The Karnataka and Arunachal Pradesh government would get Rs 73 lakh and Rs 7.60 lakh respectively for the damage sustained.

The assistance is being provided out of the 5 per cent of the total Central Rural Water Supply Outlay earmarked for contingencies arising from natural calamities or disaster and must be utilised for mitigating the flood situation in the flood affected areas. These funds are released on 100 per cent central share basis in relaxation of ARWSP guidelines.

Possibility of 10 per cent community participation (5 per cent for SC/ST communities) may be explored, wherever feasible, while utilising these funds.

The grant is towards plan expenditure and is subject to the provisions of ARWSP guidelines.

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