NE gets fund under RGNDWM

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Agartala, Sep 9 (UNI) The Union Ministry of Rural Development has granted Rs 46.56 crore to five northeastern states-- Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim--under the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission (RGNDWM).

Tripura Rural Development Minister Jitendra Choudhury said here today Tripura would get Rs 15 crore while Meghalaya was granted Rs 10.83 crore, Mizoram Rs 7.00 crore, Nagaland Rs 7.0257 crore and Sikkim Rs 6.71 crore towards additional funds under Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP) in last quarter of 2007-08.

The ministry communique said up to 15 per cent of the funds, released under the sanction, could be utilised for Operation and Maintenance and up to five per cent may be spent for taking sustainability measures.

Meanwhile, the states were requested to delegate powers for management of rural water supply schemes through the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) for effective implementation of the project as well as to follow for coverage of rural habitations and rural schools.

In an another sanction, Tripura have received sanction of about Rs 100 crore for setting up community recreation centres, shopping complexes and halls in three sub-divisions-- Kamalpur, Amarpur and Dharmanagar -- while Rs 43 crore was sanctioned for Belonia for roads and storm water management.

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