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State Govt to prioritise stop dams construction

With a view to finding a long-term solution to the drinking-water problem, the State Public Health Engineering Department would be prioritizing construction of stop dams all across the state rather than construction of hand pumps.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 15:42 IST

With a view to finding a long-term solution to the drinking-water problem, the State Public Health Engineering Department would be prioritizing construction of stop dams all across the state rather than construction of hand pumps. Replying to a question on demand of grants for the department, PHE minister Rampal Singh announced this in the state assembly today.

He added that a major stop dam would be constructed in each assembly constituency if the members came up with proposals for the same.

The minister also announced that by the year 2007, all the settlements in the state, including source-less areas, partial-source areas and school-buildings would have drinking water sources. The demand of grants worth Rs 325,90,86,000 was passed through voice-vote following the discussion.

While discussing methods for tackling water crisis in view of the impending summer, the minister mentioned that a massive campaign to repair hand-pumps has been taken up. Out of the 3,63,328 hand-pumps in the state, as many as 3,35,980 were in working condition, while more were being constructed.

Special attention would be paid on ground-water management through construction of small stop dams. A provision of Rs 19 crores has been made for this purpose.

DEENDAYAL ANTYODAYA MISSION: The discussion on demand of grants for the social welfare department was also held in the assembly. Replying to this discussion, Rampal Singh, who is also the minister for this department, announced that a Deendayal Antyodaya Mission would be launched to expedite the social welfare scheme and to provide immediate relief to the needy.

Under this mission, welfare and rehabilitation of destitute, poor and handicapped persons would be taken up. Another special feature would be provision for marriage of poor girls, widows and estranged women and Rs 5000 would be provided in each case. The minister also discussed the Vivekananda Group Insurance scheme for the poor, under which approximately two crore people from BPL have been insured. The demand of grants worth Rs 32,12,96,000 was also passed through voice- vote.

Earlier, several members including Vanshmani Prasad Verma, IMP Verma, Shankarlal Tiwari, Arif Aqueel, Govind Singh Rajput, Saroj Bachahan Nayak, Dr Sunilam, Arjun Palia and others participated in the discussion.