Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Governor, Biswabusan Harichandan on Monday asked the Chief Secretary and other officials concerned to expedite the process to provide piped water to schools and Anganwadi centres.
The Governor said that provision of piped water to schools and anganwadi centres under the ‘100 days campaign’ started on October 2, was launched by the Prime Minister under Jal Jeevan Mission in all the States and Union Territories across the country, as it will have a positive impact on children’s health and help in their holistic growth.
The Governor held a review meeting, through a video link from Raj Bhavan, with Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney and officials concerned on the implementation of ‘100 days campaign’ under Jal Jeevan Mission, to provide piped water to schools and anganwadi centres in the state.
He said, the Jal Jeevan Mission – also known as ‘Har Ghar Jal’, is a noble programme intended to provide safe and adequate tap water to every household and supply of safe water to children is a priority under the Mission.
Harichandan said, a time-bound campaign should be formulated and the ‘100 days campaign’ should be implemented in all schools and anganwadi centres on a mission mode by involving Gram Panchayats, village water & sanitation committees, NGOs and Self Help Groupsa.
Nilam Sawhney briefed the Governor on the action plans prepared to provide piped water to schools, Anganwadi centres and panchayat buildings and said funds for the same have been provided under the Jal Jeevan Mission.
She informed the Governor that out of the 95,66,332 rural households, 33% have been covered with tap connections and it is targeted to achieve 100% coverage by 2024.
The Chief Secretary said, 44,782 schools, 45% of total schools and 55,607 anganwadi centres, 35% of total anganwadi centres are already covered with piped water under the State government’s flagship programme ‘Nadu Nedu’ and 100% coverage under the ‘100 days campaign’ will be ensured by the end of December.
Gopalakrishna Dwivedi, Principal Secretary, Panchayat Raj & Rural Development, B Rajasekhar, Principal Secretary, Education, Anuradha, Principal Secretary, Women & Child Development also participated in the meeting and explained about action plans to successfully implement the ‘100 days campaign’ in the institutions under their respective departments.