A mid-term review meeting on planning and implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Meghalaya was held today through VC, wherein the State officials presented the progress to the National Jal Jeevan Mission.
Meghalaya has around 5.89 lakh rural households and the State is planning to provide 2.04 lakh households with tap connections in 2020-21. In the mid-term review, it was noted that Meghalaya is planning to cover its 1,636 villages with 100% tap connection in 2020-21; so far, 112 villages are covered. A lot of emphasis is given on aspirational districts and Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna villages.
The State was advised to give undivided focus on the planning at village level by preparing Village Action Plan (VAP) for every village. VAP should consist of components like strengthening of drinking water sources, water supply infrastructure, grey water management and operation & maintenance. Augmentation of existing drinking water sources need to be kept in mind for long-term sustainability of drinking water supply systems. The State was asked for convergence of various programmes like MGNREGS, Jal Jeevan Mission, SBM (G), 15th FC Grants to rural local bodies, District Mineral Development Fund, CAMPA, Local Area Development Fund, etc. at village level and a Village Action Plan should be prepared by dovetailing all these resources for judicious use of funds. The State was asked to launch an effective IEC campaign for community mobilisation.