Flaws in implementation of RDWP

01/12/2018

Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has sought Action Taken Report from Jammu and Kashmir Government on the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India findings whereby it had painted dismal scenario vis-à-vis implementation of National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) in this State. In its Report No.15 of 2018 relating to performance audit of National Rural Drinking Water Programme of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation for the period between 2012 and 2017, which was tabled in the Parliament on August 7, 2018, the Comptroller and Auditor General had pointed out shortcomings in 34 paragraphs in respect of Jammu and Kashmir State. The supreme audit institution of the country had also made a number of recommendations so as to overcome deficiencies by the Jammu and Kashmir Government and to achieve the intended objective of the scheme. Thereafter, the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation vide communication dated August 21, 2018 had asked the State Government to go through the report, take necessary corrective and preventive actions and send Action Taken Report (ATR) on 34 audit paras to the Ministry by September 4, 2018.
However, neither the State Government acted on the recommendations of the CAG nor submitted Action Taken Report to the Union Ministry within the stipulated time-frame. Now, taking serious note of the same the Union Ministry has dashed a fresh communication to the State asking for prompt submission of Action Taken Report for onward submission to the supreme audit institution of the country for its appraisal. The State Government is also required to furnish information vis-à-vis holding periodic meetings of the State Water and Sanitation Mission as the CAG had pointed out that in J&K Mission met only once during 2012-17. As per the guidelines of NRDWP, the State Water and Sanitation Mission was required to identify reputed technical institutions in consultation with the Union Ministry for appointment as State Technical Agency (STA) for providing technical support in planning and design of rural water supply schemes with emphasis on sustainability of the source and assist in evaluation of major and complicated water supply schemes. The CAG had pointed out that in J&K no State Technical Agency was appointed and now Union Ministry wants to know whether any step has been taken in this regard by the concerned authorities.

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