Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation Current Affairs - 2019
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The Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation has launched second project of Swajal Yojana at village Bhikampura, Karauli, Rajasthan. It was launched by Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti.
Under this project, four reservoirs will be constructed in village and common tap connection will be given to almost 300 households.
Swajal is community owned drinking water programme for sustained drinking water supply. The scheme aims at ensuring availability of clean drinking water to every household round year and also generate employment. Under it, 90% of the project cost is borne by Government and remaining 10% cost is contributed by the community. The Operations and management of the project will be taken care by the local villagers. Project undertaken under it will ease lives of people and ensure that potable water is available for every individual round the year.
The Union Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation has formally launched ‘Ganga Gram’ project at the Ganga Gram Swachata Sammelan held in New Delhi.
The project was launched under the clean Ganga mission-Namami Gange Programme for holistic sanitation development in villages on the banks of River Ganga.
Ganga Gram Project
Ganga Gram project is an integrated approach for holistic development of villages situated on the banks of the holy River Ganga with active participation of villagers. The objectives of project include solid and liquid waste management, water conservation projects, renovation of ponds and water resources, organic farming, horticulture, and promotion of medicinal plants.
Ganga Swachhata Manch
Ganga Swachhata Manch, a forum of individuals, academicians, civil society organisations and the like was also launched on the sidelines of Gram Swachata Sammelan. It has been formed upon initiative of Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharati. This Manch has been created for awareness creation, knowledge sharing, learning and advocacy for Ganga Gram Project.
In August 2017, Centre had declared all 4,470 villages on the banks of River Ganga, located in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, open defecation-free (ODF). Of these villages, Centre and state governments have identified 24 villages to be taken up under pilot project to transform them into ‘Ganga Grams’.