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More funds for drinking water, sanitation sought

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 25 - Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) Minister Rihon Daimary on Friday urged the Central Government to enhance the allocation of funds meant for the development of the State�s drinking water and sanitation sectors, said an official press release here.

Daimary apprised Union Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ram Kripal Yadav at a review meeting here on Friday that low flow of funds from the Central Government has been hindering implementation of the drinking water schemes in the State.

Providing quality drinking water to the people has become a mirage here. The replacement of the obsolete toilets with new ones under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G) has also become a tough proposition for the State because of fund scarcity, said Daimary.

He also submitted a memorandum to the Union Minister enlisting the problems faced by the State in the above sectors and urging for the necessary steps to help the State overcome the present predicament.

Yadav, who is on a three-day visit to the State, was reviewing the progress of implementation of various schemes under the PHE Department like the National Rural Drinking Water Project (NRDWP), SBM-G, World Bank Project, etc.

In the meeting, senior officials of the State Government including Principal Secretary Hemanta Narzary, were also present, besides Daimary.

The Union Minister assured the State Government that the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation will look into the issues raised by the State Government and will extend full support to it in implementing the drinking water, Swachh Bharat Mission, etc., schemes.

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