Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Tribal Affairs Bishweswar Tudu on Friday asked Meghalaya and other states to complete the implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission before March 2024.
“The implementation of the JJM at the national level is below 50% and we are suggesting all the states to complete it before March, 2024,” Tudu told reporters .
According to him, the work will progress if the state governments are taking interest in the mission.
He said the progress of work in Meghalaya is also below 50% adding “However, due to hilly area, communication and transportation issues, many agencies are not interested and not feeling comfortable to work.”
Tudu said this led to delay in the implementation as for one project the tender process had to be done for two or three times. “I have suggested to them to follow the procedures and if possible we will relax some guidelines so that the work will carry on,” he added.
On allegations of corruption, he said, “till now I have not got such documental (proofs) so after these things if possible I will go and visit the project sites so (as to ascertain) whether the allegation is right or wrong. If it is right then action will be taken…”
Meanwhile, the Union Minister also suggested some rectification on the implementation of the work in the state.
Talking to reporters, Tudu said, “As per my suggestion they have prepared the documents also presentation and some works are good but there are some which needs rectification, I have suggested them.”
Asked about rectification in which dept is required, the Minister informed, “…. in central schemes like Vikas Bandhan Yojana whats going on? whether the proper procedure is followed or not, in JJM, AMRUT and many other projects whether they have selected (beneficiaries properly) or they are doing it properly, tomorrow I will visit.”