Taking serious note of lowering of water table with the rise of summer heat causing crisis of potable water to residents in several urban and rural areas of Patna, the district level vigilance-cum-monitoring committee on Saturday directed to send 16 mobile vans with technical experts to check hand pumps and ensure their uninterrupted functioning.
The committee at its meeting chaired by Pataliputra MP Dr Ranjan Prasad Yadav and attended by Ram Kripal Yadav and Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh, MPs besides legislators of the district and officers including Patna district magistrate (DM) Dr N Sarawana Kumar and DDC Seema Tripathi also decided to serve notices on such persons who have failed to construct their houses after securing grants under Indira Awas Yojna.
In case of non-compliance to the government's directive, administration will be left with no choice than initiating legal action against them.
Later talking to HT, Patna DM said following several complaints of water crisis in rural areas making the life miserable in the summer heat, an inquiry committee was also constituted to visit different areas, asses the functioning of the hand pumps and report it to a control room to be set up under Public Health and Engineering Department. Phone numbers of this control room will soon be made public.
Water is the prime necessity for sustaining life and all efforts will be made to ensure that hand pumps and motors installed in both urban and rural areas functioned properly,said the DM.
In another important decision, vigilance-cum monitoring committee decided to direct SDOs to hold special camps, four in every block, for issuing on the spot death certificate to widows for their husbands who died years ago. Kumar said, several rural women were deprived of the pension under social security schemes for want of death certificate of their husbands as most of them were unable to visit the offices concerned and hence officials of the district administration were directed to organise camp and report the progress to DM office.
The meeting also reviewed the progress in other government schemes including MNREGA, rural power supply, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, National Rural Drinking Water Project and social welfare schemes and decided to expedite their progress with joint help of people's representatives and government officials.