Finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa has claimed that the state government has ensured safe drinking water to 98% rural inhabitants under the Rural Water Supply Policy 2014, chalked out to provide safe drinking water to the rural population of Punjab.
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, Dhindsa said the state government was committed to providing safe drinking water to each and every rural area and had launched a new plan under the name Punjab State Rural Water Supply Policy-2014 to ensure safe drinking water to all.
"Under this policy, ROs are being installed all over the state. In Sangrur, as many as 34 villages are being covered which will be completed by November 2014," he said, adding the state government would ensure 24 hour uninterrupted water supply in rural areas by covering the entire population in keeping with the basic requirements of 70 litre water per person.
The minister said that under the new rural water supply plan, an amount of `200 crore had been set aside exclusively for the plan during the current financial year whereas `100 crore had been earmarked for the National Rural Water Supply Mission.
Besides this, rs27 crore has been kept reserved under the Nirmal Bharat Mission programme. As many as 561 RO systems will be installed at a cost of `14 crore in all the villages of the state, he added.
Dhindsa said that about 98% population had been covered under the safe drinking water projects and shortly, the entire rural habitation would be provided with safe drinking water in Punjab.