IEP Chandigarh, June 30
Haryana Chief Secretary, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal today said that the state government is formulating a policy aimed at empowering Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) operating in the state. This decision comes as a response to the suggestion put forth by Mrs. Vini Mahajan, Secretary in the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation for involving the women in Drinking Water and Sanitation schemes. The meeting was convened to review the progress of the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in the state here today.During the meeting, Mrs. Vini Mahajan lauded the achievements of the Haryana Government in successfully providing tap water to every household, well ahead of the target set by the Ministry under the ambitious Jal Jeevan Mission, which aims to ensure tap water supply to every household by 2024.Mrs. Vini Mahajan emphasized the importance of encouraging women’s involvement in the operation and maintenance of works under the Jal Jeevan Mission schemes. Recognizing the significant role women play in society, she highlighted how their active participation will contribute to the success and sustainability of drinking water and sanitation related initiatives.Mrs. Vini Mahajan emphasized the need for collaborative efforts between the central and state governments to tackle water-related challenges effectively. This partnership aims to empower communities with access to clean water, fostering a more resilient and environmentally responsible society.During the meeting, ACS, Public Health Engineering, Mr. A. K Singh assured the Secretary that the state government has been ensuring clean drinking water to every household in the state. Besides this, the state government will bear the power expanses of water works.Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal reiterated the state’s commitment to achieve ODF (Open Defecation Free) and ODF Plus status by ensuring effective solid waste management, liquid waste management, and proper disposal of plastic waste in villages of the state. He emphasized the importance of community cooperation, especially from women, in various schemes such as the construction of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), septic tanks, utilization of wastewater, and the establishment of community cow dung plants.The Chief Secretary highlighted that by accomplishing the targets set by the Central Government, Gram Panchayats (village councils) can pass resolutions to attain star rankings and become model villages. This recognition will showcase their exemplary efforts in waste management and overall village development.Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal underscored the significance of adopting sustainable waste management practices to preserve the environment and improve the overall cleanliness and hygiene of rural areas. Proper waste management not only ensures a healthier living environment but also contributes to making the villages more sustainable and resilient.The State Government’s dedication to sustainable waste management practices and community involvement showcases its commitment to build model villages and ensure a cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous future for Haryana.As part of the review process, a central government team will be visiting various villages in Panchkula, Ambala, and Yamuna Nagar until July 3 to gather necessary feedback and improve solid waste and liquid management programs for the welfare of the people. A detailed presentation was also presented during the meeting, outlining the action plan for effective implementation.ACS, Development and Panchayats, Mr. Anil Malik, and other senior officers were present in the meeting. Deputy Commissioners and Chief Executive Officers of all districts joined the meeting through video conferencing.