Friday, January 27, 2023

Only 54% JJM target achievedin Nagaland, says MoS Tudu


In his maiden visit to Nagaland, Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Tribal Affairs Bishweswar Tudu observed that only 54% of the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has been completed in Nagaland, as target to achieve 100% coverage by end of 2023 has been affected due to hilly terrain.
Informing this to media here on Monday evening, he said the issue was raised during a review meeting with PHED and Tribal Affairs department at Nagaland Civil Secretariat. He admitted that being a hilly area, some projects could not be implemented and would be reviewed.
However, he mentioned that PHED had assured him that 80-90 % of the mission would be completed by 2023-end.
Tudu revealed that work had already started in 10 Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) in Nagaland, while it could not take off in one school due to land issues and hoped that the matter would be resolved soon.
To help tribal people improve their livelihoods, he said that many activities had been initiated like food processing units, handicrafts, marketing, etc.
To a query, he replied that though there was no such major project under Union Tribal Affairs Ministry, Rs 25 lakh could be utilised in every village for improving healthcare facilities, drinking water, constructing community hall, etc.
He mentioned that under Article 275 (1), repairing of hostels, schools or construction of small buildings could be taken up.
He said funds were released based on the proposals submitted by the State government and that some of the funding patterns were 60:40, while others were 100% funded by the Central government.
On whether the implemented projects were satisfactory, Tudu said unless he did physical verification he could not comment and added that he would be visiting two project sites on Tuesday before his return to Delhi.
He noted that due to lack of awareness, citizens were not aware of the schemes and stressed on creating more awareness as Tribal Affairs funds were meant to support tribal people.
The Central minister also held a meeting with State BJP office-bearers.
According to a document shared with the media, an amount of Rs 13784.07 lakh had been released for Nagaland under Tribal Affairs ministry (Grants under Article 275(1) of the Constitution) during the period 2019-21 to 2022-2023.
He also informed that under Art. 275(1) during 2020-21, the Centre had approved Rs. 1796 lakhs for various projects.
Under ministry of Jal Shakti, he said the Centre had allocated Rs. 1099.67 crore out of which Rs. 717.81 crore had been released for the period 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-2023 while the State’s expenditure was Rs. 81.18 crore.

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