Centre to give funds for clean drinking water in fluoride-affected villages

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has reiterated that if Panchayat Raj department was strengthened at all levels, rural India would progress. He said his government was implementing Mission Bhagiratha scheme in a prestigious manner and will supply drinking water to the villages on time and according to the schedule. Under the programme, people will be protected from 70 water-borne diseases, the CM said. Along with the Mission Bhagiratha water pipelines, Internet cables are also laid to provide Internet to each and every household, he added.

The Chief Minister discussed several issues pertaining to the drinking water supply with Government of India, Drinking Water Supply and Swachh Bharath Mission Secretary Parameswaran Iyer, who met him at Pragathi Bhavan here on Thursday.

Parameswaran hailed the Mission Bhagiratha as one of its kind in the country and it will become a role model. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after inaugurating Mission Bhagiratha in Gajwel, had told the people that this programme is one of the best in the country.

The Central official said he came to study the drinking water and Swachh Bharath programme being implemented in the country and he had interacted with district collectors on the same.A� Parameswaran said if the Mission Bhagiratha works are completed with the same missionary zeal, the scheme will become one of the best in the country and a model for others to emulate. In this context, he said the Centre would release funds for the fluoride-affected areas in the State. Since under Mission Bhagiratha 1041 fluoride-affected villages are given clean drinking water, the Centre will release Rs 800 crores shortly. After the completion of works under Mission Bhagiratha, the Centre would also grant funds as incentives. Comparing to other countries, Parameswaran said even countries likeA�China,A�CanadaA�andA�VietnamA�were not able to complete their drinking water supply schemes on schedule as was being done with Mission Bhagiratha. a��NSS

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