CS commends JJM for reaching the milestone of 75% FHTCs in record time
JAMMU: Chief Secretary DrA run Kumar Mehta today appreciated the role of all the field functionaries and administrative staff of the UT Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) for achieving the big milestone of providing Functional Tap Water Connections (FHTCs) to 75% of the households in J&K.
The Chief Secretary was speaking at the 7th Apex Committee Meeting of the JJM also attended by the Additional Chief Secretary, Jal Shakti Department; Principal Secretary, Finance; Secretary, Revenue; Deputy Secretary, JJM, GoI; MD, JJM; Secretary, JSD; Director, Rural Sanitation; Chief Engineers of Jal Shakti Department besides other concerned officers.
Dr Mehta observed that the Mission has fast paced since 2022 when its progress was not very encouraging. He made out that through better synergy and coordination from the top to the grassroots level, the Mission went on to progress smoothly and obtain the desired outcomes
He maintained that such an enormous task is the first of its kind in the UT where works to the tune of nearly Rs 12000 Cr have to be executed in the UT under this mission. He expressed that by timely guidance, supervision, capacity building and handholding of the field staff the mission accomplished what it has done till date.
The Chief Secretary recalled that from 31st of March last year when the proportion of works allotted was a mere 261 (4%) and works started were just 197 (3%), the Mission today proudly avows that it has allotted 6399 (97%) and started 5636 (86%) works out of the total of 6596 works as on date.
Dr Mehta acknowledged that the journey was uphill but the firm resolve on the part of the current administration of this Department has made it happen for all to see. He also complimented the PRI members and Pani Samities for playing their role in ensuring quality work on the ground.
He advised the Department to carry out the pre-audit of the works carried out under this Mission to ensure the quality of works and erase any chances of misgivings. He made out that the exceptional transparency ensured through he-tendering and digital payments after seeking necessary Administrative Approval and Technical Sanction would actually make the task easier to do.
The Chief Secretary also asked the Mission to develop an online application to locate and receive feedback from people about the work completed under it. He called for bringing a layer on the Gati Shakti portal designating the assets and pipe network laid under this mission.
He also asked for continuous handholding and capacity building of locals especially the women and school-going children so that the quantity and quality of water are provided as per the set parameters of this nationwide mission.
In his presentation, the Additional Chief Secretary of the Jal Shakti Department, Shaleen Kabra informed the meeting that the Mission is going on smoothly meeting renewed deadlines on time. He revealed that by this pace of work, the Department is set to achieve 95% of FHTCs in the UT by year-end and full accomplishment of the Mission by March 2024.
He further pointed out that of the total households of 14.01 lakhs provided with tap water connections in the UT, 8.26 lakh (44%) has been connected since the start of the Mission. He assured that works for connecting the remaining 4.68 lakh households are fast apace and are going to be achieved by March next year by all estimates.
It was further given out that every tap water connection provided under JJM is being reported on the IMIS portal with full beneficiary details in the public domain. It was said that 98 labs in the UT have been strengthened/upgraded for water testing purposes besides 10 labs have been granted NABL accreditation.
Moreover, the meeting was apprised that 33000 women have been trained for the use of Field-Testing Kits (FTKs) in checking the quality of water and reporting the results online through the WQMIS portal. Under the Water Quality Monitoring & Surveillance, the UT is figuring at 3rd rank at the National level, as was informed during the Apex Committee Meeting.