Centre Govt. reduced funds for IPH schemes, causing delay: Vidya Stokes

SHIMLA- Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes said that in its endeavour to provide adequate potable drinking water in rural areas, the State Government had allocated additional funds amounting to Rs. 25 crore so that the ongoing schemes were completed in time bound manner.

However, the allocation under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) had been substantially reduced by the Government of India from financial year 2015-16 onwards which was delaying the completion of these schemes in a stipulated time period.

She said that NRDWP was being implemented in the country to provide every rural person with adequate safe drinking water and funding pattern under this programme was 90:10 percent.

Stokes said despite the financial constraints, the State Government had been allocating adequate funds to ensure that the physical targets to cover the partially covered habitations were achieved in time.

The Minister said 264 water supply schemes were being executed under NRDWP which were in the advance stage of completion, as more than 70% work of these schemes stands completed. About Rs. 50 crore were required to complete these schemes but due to steep decline in Central funds, completion of these schemes was getting delayed.

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