The Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District, and Chairman of the District Water and Sanitation Mission (DWSM) today inaugurated a one-day Training Cum Orientation Programme on Jal Jeevan Mission for District Level Functionaries of DWSM.

The program was held at the Conference Hall of the office of the Chief Engineer, PHE, Shillong.

Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), a flagship program of the Government of India which aims to provide Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every Rural Household by 2024 was launched by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on 15th August 2019. In Meghalaya, under the Mission, the aim is to provide FHTC to every rural household by 2023. To achieve this goal within the targeted time, the training cum orientation program aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to JJM in Meghalaya and to give a glimpse of how the Mission can be taken forward so that its message will reach each and every household in the State through the combined efforts at the State, District and Village level.

­­Kum. I. Laloo, Deputy Commissioner East Khasi District, said that only 18 % of households in the country have FHTC. In view of this fact, the goal of the Jal Jeevan Mission to connect every household with a functional tap connection by 2024 will go a long way in ensuring that far-flung villages are provided with clean, potable water in their houses and also that women and girls do not have to face difficulty in fetching clean water. She also added that the vision of the Mission is not only to roll out a scheme but to oversee the end to end implementation and prioritization of water conservation and water sustainability. Informing that till date 40% of the targeted goal of the Mission has been achieved in the State, Kum. I. Laloo called for the active collaboration of all line departments, implementing agencies, village grassroots, and village-level organisations to play a vital role in ensuring that water conservation activities are given priority. She also stressed the need for capacity building at the grassroots level.

The program was attended by BDOs and SDOs of East Khasi Hills District. Executive Engineers, District Officers from different line Departments, and members of DWSM. (MIPR)