Hyderabad: Telangana State government’s flagship scheme Mission Bhagiratha, which aims at providing drinking water to every household in the State, came in for praise from Swachh Bharath Mission Secretary Parameswaran Iyer, who described it as a one of its kind programme in the country.
“Mission Bhagiratha will be a model for other States to follow in the country if the works are completed with the same missionary zeal,” Iyer said, when he called on Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan on Thursday. The Swach Bharat Mission official went on to recall that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after inaugurating Mission Bhagiratha in Gajwel, had told them that this programme was one of the best in the country.
Stating that he had come to study the drinking water and Swach Bharath programme being implemented in the State, he said the Centre would release funds for the fluoride-affected areas in the State. Since 1,041 fluoride-affected villages are being supplied clean drinking water under Mission Bhagiratha, the Centre will release Rs 800 crore shortly, he said, adding that after completion of works under Mission Bhagiratha, the Centre will also grant funds as incentives. Comparing the scheme with similar initiatives taken up by other countries, Iyer observed that even countries like China, Canada and Vietnam were unable to complete their drinking water supply schemes on schedule unlike in the case of Mission Bhagiratha.
The Chief Minister, who discussed various aspects pertaining to drinking water supply with the visiting official, said if the Panchayat Raj department was strengthened at all levels, rural India would surely be on the path of progress and development. “The Telangana Government has taken up Mission Bhagiratha as a prestigious project and will supply drinking water to the villages on time and as per schedule. Under this programme, people will be protected from 70 water-borne diseases,” he said, adding that along with Mission Bhagiratha water pipelines, Internet cables were also being laid to provide Internet connectivity to each and every household in the State.
Panchayat Raj Minister Jupally Krishna Rao, Power Minister G Jagadeeshwar Reddy, Mission Bhagiratha Vice-Chairman Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Principal Advisor to Government Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary S P Singh and other senior officials participated in the meeting.