Imphal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday interacted with Gram Panchayats and Pani Samitis across the country including Manipur on Jal Jeevan Mission through video conferencing.
The interactive programme for the state was organised by the public health enginering department and Yarou Bamdiar G.P, Patsoi CD Block, Imphal West as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Yarou Bamdiar G.P is the First Special Gram Sabha and Samvad with Village Water Sanitation Committee ( VWSCs).
Interacting with Leitanthem Sarojini Devi, Pani Samiti chairperson, Prime Minister was informed that earlier water was available only at great distances and in long queues. Now the situation has improved as all households have piped water. She also informed that becoming ODF and fully covered village has led to better health in the village. She also informed that regular testing of water quality is a norm in her village, and five women have been trained to do that. The Prime Minister said the government is working consistently for bringing ease of living in the lives of people. He expressed satisfaction that real change is happening in the Northeast.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the Jal Jeevan Mission as a movement to empower women and rural India with Jan Bhagidari and active participation from everyone.
Agenda of the Gram Sabha and Samvad include to sensitise the Gram Panchayat VWSC and Gram Sabha that drinking water supply is essentially a service delivery and Jal Jeevan Mission a life time opportunity, to sensitize about the importance of drinking water resources, clean tap water, water conservation, water quality and the kind of water supply system suitable for the village. Peoples campaign for formulation of Gram Panchayat development plan (GPDP) will be held from October 2, 2021 to January 31, 2022.
During his interaction with Gram Panchayats and Pani Samitis across the country on Jal Jeevan Mission through video conferencing, Modi said the government has introduced the Jal Jeevan Mission mobile application to facilitate answering queries on the quality of tap water and its supply and the surveillance framework related to the scheme. Stating that clean water and water scarcity are global issues, he urged the people of India to realize the importance of clean water. He also launched Rashtriya Jal Jeevan Kosh, where any individual, institution, corporate, be it in India or abroad, can contribute to help provide tap water connection in every rural household, school, Anganwadi Centre, Ashramshala and other public institutions.
During the interaction programme, Gram Panchayat members from five states who participated in the interaction thanked Prime Minister for organizing the interaction lauded the decisive leadership in providing clean tap water connection to every household at Gram Panchayat areas under Jal Jeevan Mission.
Attending the interaction for the state were Imphal West deputy commissioner Thokchom Kiran Kumar, Konthoujam A/C MLA S.Rajen, SDO/BDO Samson Huidrom, EE, PHED, Imphal N. Sanjit Kumar, Yarou Bamdiar Gram Panchayet members, Pani Samitis on Jal Jeevan Mission, representatives from 5 states and other dignitaries.