“Right to Water” Act to be presented in MP Assembly Budget Session: Minister Shri Sukhdev Panse

Bhopal, November 28, 2019 (Ataullah Faizan): Public Health Engineering Minister Shri Sukhdev Panse has said that the state government is working in a planned manner to provide tap water in every house in rural areas of the state. A draft of the “Right to Water” Act has been prepare under the guidance of experts to provide right to water to the people of the state. The Act will be passed in the forthcoming Assembly budget session and implemented later. Shri Panse said that with the implementation of this Act, Madhya Pradesh will become the first sate of the country where people will get legal rights for water. He said that Rs 1,000 crores have been provided in the budget to implement Right to Water.
Water through Taps to reach every house
Public Health Engineering Minister Shri Panse said that a detailed action plan of Rs. 68 thousand crore has been prepared for providing water through taps to every house in rural areas. So far, 19 group water schemes have been completed and water supply to more than 11.5 lakh population of 802 villages has been started through domestic tap connections. In addition, work on 39 schemes costing Rs 6672 crore, which will be completed in the next two years is in progress. This will make drinking water available to nearly 64 lakh population of 6091 villages. Shri Panse informed that the DPR of 45 Group Water Supply Schemes of Rs 22 thousand 484 crores for 14 thousand 510 villages has been prepared. The implementation of these schemes will make drinking water available to nearly one crore rural population.
Minister Shri Panse said that 5 crore 88 lakh population resides in 1 lakh 28 thousand 231 rural habitats in the state. During the tenure of the previous government, only 12 per cent of the population in these areas was being provided with drinking water. He said that the state government has decided to make water available to every family according to its requirement to take out the villagers from this terrible situation. The legal right to water is the result of this decision.
Contract of Drinking Water Schemes with IIT for better planning
Minister Shri Sukhdev Panse has informed that a contract has been made with the country’s leading institute Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi for better planning of the drinking water supply schemes in the state. He said that a huge amount will be required to make drinking water available in the entire state. With this in mind, financial assistance has been initiated from New Development Bank, Jaika, Asian Development Bank and NABARD. Financial assistance of schemes worth Rs 4500 crore have been acquired from New Development Bank. The process of obtaining financial assistance for group drinking water scheme in all villages of Neemuch and Mandsaur district and 1735 villages of Alot block in Ratlam district is in the final stage.
Achievements of 11 months
Public Health Engineering Minister Shri Sukhdev Panse said that the state government has made extensive efforts to ensure adequate drinking water system in rural areas in the last 11 months. In such a short time, more than 6 thousand hand pumps have been installed in rural areas, drinking water has been started by completing works of more than 600 new tap water schemes and more than 6700 single phase motor pumps have been installed. He informed that about 3000 tap-water schemes closed during the previous government have been re-started. More than 3 lakh 12 thousand hand pumps, which were closed at the time of the previous government, have also been repaired and re-started. Shri Panse said that more than 65 thousand hand pumps have been brought to the working condition by increasing or replacing about 3 and a half lakh meter riser pipes.
One government drinking water source within a radius of 300 meters
Minister Shri Sukhdev Panse has told that the state government has made a provision in the new drinking water policy, that new hand pumps should be installed in the habitats where drinking water is not available at the rate of 55 liters per person per day during the summer season. He said that in the previous government, the provision of providing at least one government drinking water source within 500 meters of any habitat was quite troublesome for rural women during the summer season. The state government has made a provision to provide at least one government drinking water source within a radius of 300 meters in the new drinking water policy to eliminate this problem. It has also been decided to give priority to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe dominated villages in the selection of villages for hand pump installation.
Minister Shri Panse said that the previous government had given priority to the implementation of tap-water schemes in big villages only on the basis of population. For this reason, drinking water problem-oriented small villages and remote villages were constantly struggling with the problem of drinking water. Shri Panse said that the state government has given priority to small and remote villages in its new drinking water policy. He informed that the policy has been simplified for implementation of tap-water schemes in these villages. Now in the summer season, the small villages along with the big villages facing drinking water problem will be benefitted with the implementation of the tap-water scheme.