Please find below the D.O. letter written by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to State Principal Secretaries/ Secretaries incharge of PHED/ RWS.
D.O No. W-11041/9/2015-Water-I
Dated: 12th November, 2015
2. I would like to draw your attention to the letter dated 27th January 2015 of this Ministry wherein the addition of a new sub paragraph 15.9 to the para 15 of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme vide amendment dated 23.01.2015 was communicated to the States. Under the said amendment, "proposals under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana were to be given utmost priority". It should be noted that although the Ministry vide its letter dated 29th June 2015 had precluded the States fro taking up new projects and asked them to focus on the completion of the ongoing projects, it had categorically made an exception for the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana panchayats by allowing the States to take up new projects for provisioning of potable water under the said scheme. This unequivocally demonstrates the importance given by this Ministry for ensuring supply of potable water to panchayats under the SAGY
3. However, it has come to the notice of this Ministry that due focus and priority is not being accorded by the State Governments to the panchayats adopted under SAGY. This being a flagship programme of the present government, the State Governments are requested to prioritize the SAGY panchayats for implementation of the National rural Drinking Water Programme so that the goal of providing a minimum of 40 lpcd of water to these panchayats can be realized within the time frame prescribed.
4. You are also requested to accord special focus to SAGY panchayats affected with chemical or bacteriological contamination. Provisioning of water purification systems as short term measure needs to undertaken urgently in such areas. In the long run, the States are requested to move towards providing piped water connection to the rural household under the said scheme.
5. Your kind personal attention is solicited on the above subject which will be reviewed by us from time to time.
Principal Secretaries/ Secretaries incharge of PHED/ RWS in all States/ UTs.