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CM Revanth Reddy holds review on Panchayati Raj

Telangana  Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy ordered the officials to prepare a plan of action to address drinking water shortage in the ensuing summer in the state. The Chief Minister suggested to the officials to utilize water from the newly constructed reservoirs apart from the river Krishna and Godavari for drinking water needs and prepare the plans in this direction. The CM said that it will be easier to supply drinking water to the surrounding villages from the reservoirs at a low cost. The newly constructed Mallannasagar, Kondapochammasagar and Ranganayak Sagar reservoirs will be used for drinking water needs.

The chief minister asserted the Village Sarpanches should be entrusted with the responsibility of the management of drinking water supply in the villages and ensure every household gets drinking water regularly. The CM asked the officials to finalise necessary procedures to give powers to the Sarpanches. The Mission Bhagiratha wing has been asked to take the responsibility of supplying safe drinking water to the villages. The CM said that the maintenance of drinking water supply , taps and the pipelines in the villages should be entrusted separately to the Sarpanches. The Chief Minister said that no one is paying attention to the intra-village works and house-to-house tap water supply carried out under Mission Bhagiratha scheme. Officials informed the CM that the issue of drinking water management in the villages is not under anyone’s control. The CM cautioned the drinking water crisis will aggravate if there is no accountability.

The Chief Minister said that the previous government’s claim of the supply of safe drinking water to every household did not help the state practically. Due to this, the CM said that the state could not get the funds under the Jal Jeevan Mission from the union government. The CM warned the officials to stop projecting the state as rich by suppressing the facts. People are still facing drinking water problems in many parts of the state, Tandas, Gudems and agency areas. The CM recalled that Khanapur village people have brought to his notice of the drinking water shortage during the election time.

CM Revanth ordered the officials to conduct a comprehensive survey and find the villages and habitations which have been facing drinking water crisis. As the tenure of the sarpanches will complete at the end of this month , the CM asked the authorities to take the responsibility of drinking water supply in the villages . The engineers concerned are advised to visit all the villages and prepare a list of habitations without a proper drinking water supply facility. The new proposals will be made and sent to the Centre to seek funds under the Jal Jeevan Mission.

The CM instructed the officials to take all measures to tide over the drinking water crisis in the summer . The CM directed to spend Rs one crore, out of Rs 10 crore Special Development Fund to each assembly segment, exclusively for drinking water needs. The CM made it clear that water available in all the projects and reservoirs in the state should be utilized for drinking water needs on a priority.

The Government will also pay special focus on strengthening the Self Help Groups by providing financial support. The CM suggested the women groups will be given the work of stitching the uniforms for the students of government schools, Gurukul, hostels and the police. The women groups will be provided required training , if necessary, and necessary arrangements will be made for that .

CM Revanth directed to develop a road network in the villages and connect all the habitations. Officials informed the CM that 422 Gram panchayats and 3177 habitations still do not have the road connectivity. The CM ordered to lay black top roads in the villages . The employment guarantee scheme funds will be linked, if necessary, for the road development works. The Chief Minister asked the officials to prepare proposals for the requirement of funds in the new budget outlay. State Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister Seethakka, Roads and Buildings Minister Komati Reddy Venkata Reddy, Government Chief Secretary Santhi Kumari and other top officials participated in the review .

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