The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bandipora, Dr Owais Ahmad said that the district administration is going to launch a mega awareness campaign regarding Jal Jeevan Mission under IEC component in the district.

The DC said this in a meeting to review the implementation of JJM in the district.

He said Jal Jeevan Mission is envisioned to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections to all households especially in rural areas. He said the programme will also implement source sustainability measures as mandatory elements, such as recharge and reuse through grey water management, water conservation, rain water harvesting.

Dr Owais said the JJM is based on a community approach to water and includes extensive Information, Education and Communication as a key component of the mission and aims to create a Jan Andolan (People’s Movement) for water, thereby making it everyone’s priority.

He said the government has taken up the water supply issue as a priority area and under Water Security Plan water supply shall be provided to each Household with 51 percent budget being invested in the sector. He said 45000 HHs shall be provided 100 percent FHTC (functional Tap Connections) under JJM.

The DC said this year Rs 529 Crores have been earmarked with major thrust on Jal Jeevan Mission (51%) followed by PMGSY (21%), Rural development Department (8%) and Education & Health (8%) etc.

He said under the mission 114 Water Supply Schemes have been targeted for completion He said for the first time 30 Filtration Plants and sixty Service reservoirs are being added to the system. “All 114 Schemes of JJM have been put to tenders and the massive & ambitious single year target has been set for 21-22” he added.

The meeting was attended by Joint Director Planning Imtiyaz Ahmad, Assistant Commissioner Development Abdul Rashid Dass, Executive Engineer PHE and other senior officers of the district.

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