Assam’s 13 lakh rural households to get functional tap connections in 2020-21

Ministry of Jal Shakti approves the state’s annual action plan for providing functional tap connections to the marginalised

GUWAHATI: The Centre has approved an amount to the tune of Rs 1407 crore for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in Assam for 2020-21.

Notably, the Assam government presented the Annual Action Plan for consideration and approval of Ministry of Jal Shakti.

In a release, the Ministry of Jal Shakti said, “In 2020-21, Assam plans to provide tap connections to 13 lakh households out of total 63 lakhs. Realization of the goal of Jal Jeevan Mission in Assam is not difficult taking into account the abundant water resources in the State i.e. both ground water and surface water.”

“The state plans to immediately provide household tap connections to all remaining households of belonging to weaker and marginalised sections on priority. A defined roadmap is also charted for the effective implementation of Village Action Plan (VAP) with the active participation of the rural community. Strengthening of existing drinking water sources for long-term sustainability of drinking water supply systems through convergence of various programmes like MGNREGS, SBM (G), 15th Finance Commission Grants to PRIs, District Mineral Development Fund, CAMPA, Local Area Development Fund, etc. at village level is planned for judicious use of all available resources,” it said in the release.

Thrust is being given on covering households in quality-affected habitations, aspirational districts, SC/ ST dominated villages/ habitations, Sansad Adarsh Gramin Yojana villages, etc. on priority.

Above all, local village community/ Gram Panchayats and or its sub-committee/ user groups are being involved in planning, implementation, management, operation and maintenance of water supply systems in villages to ensure long-term sustainability. For this, action plan carried out to incorporate the entire value-chain- from timely procurement of kits, supply of kits to the community, identification of at least five women in every village, training women for use of Field Test Kits and reporting and collating the reports with laboratory-based findings of the water sources.

“In the wake of Covid–19 pandemic, it is important that people don’t crowd public stand posts/ public water sources to fetch drinking water. Therefore, State is taking up water supply works in villages to provide household tap connections, which will help in practicing social distancing, and will additionally help local people in getting employment and boost rural economy,” it also said.

It is to be mentioned that Jal Jeevan Mission announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year aims to provide tap water connections to 18 Crore rural households of the country by the year 2024.

(Source: PIB)

NGO launches fundraising campaign to help Sanatan Deka’s kin

Shri Shri Sankardev Sewa Samiti and its volunteers across the country initiated the fundraising campaign online and has raised more than Rs 3 lakh till now

GUWAHATI: The recent incident of lynching in Hajo has received widespread condemnation from concerned citizens across the country.

Sanatan Deka, a vegetable vendor was killed in broad daylight by a group of five men in Monahkuchi village in Assam’s Kamrup district on May 24 last. He is survived by his aged parents, wife and a child.

The fateful incident has not only taken away a life but also ruined a family. Deka’s family hardly overcame the trauma of the incident, when life posed yet another challenge.

His family now stares at darker days ahead with their meagre finances running out as Deka was the sole bread-winner of the family.

At this juncture, an Assam-based NGO has come forward to help rehabilitate the family of Sanatan Deka and lead a respectful life ahead.

The NGO - Shri Shri Sankardev Sewa Samiti has initiated an online fundraising campaign in this regard.

Speaking to Midage Media, founder and managing trustee of the Samiti’s Gayatri Borpatra Gohain said, “We came to know about the incident much before it ran in the news. Immediately, we tried to establish a contact with the victim’s family. We also spoke to the Gaonburah and took stock of the family’s condition. After talking to a few more people we learnt about the penurious condition of the family, and this was when we decided to do something for Deka’s family.”

Notably, the Samiti has partnered with Crowdkash – a platform for fundraising and has set a target of collecting Rs. 30 Lakh for the campaign. The fund so collected would be transferred to the victim’s family.

“After much deliberation with the members of the Samiti, it was decided that a fundraising campaign would be initiated across social media platforms to provide a financial support to the family. A bank account has been created in the name of the wife of Sanatan Deka, so that the fund reaches directly to the family,” she added.

Till Thursday night, Rs. 3,00,200 out of the total target was already raised through the campaign.

“More than 80% of the funds raised till now have come from outside Assam. A sizeable portion of it has also come from abroad. We are hopeful that the targeted amount shall be raised and the amount be used to bring the family’s condition to former state.”

“I request the Government and the judiciary for strictest punishment to the culprits of the killing,” Gohain further said.

A member of the Samiti from Guwahati, Rajesh Chauhan said, “We are running the campaign on all social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. A Whatsapp group with 70 members has also been formed by the name #Supportsanatandeka. The members are members are working tirelessly for the cause. Our intensive campaign has raised Rs. 2.5 lakh in just 48 hours.”

“We are hopeful that the target we have set shall be achieved within 20 days, else we will hand over whatever is being raised to the victim’s kin,” he added.

It is to be mentioned that in its eight years of journey, Shri Shri Sankardev Sewa Samiti has rendered commendable service to the society with its wide network of volunteers across the country and abroad.

To contribute to the cause, go to link:- Support Family Of Assam Lynching Victim Sanatan Deka


Four more COVID-19 positive cases reported; active cases now 11

GUWAHATI: Four more positive cases of COVID-19 were reported from Assam’s Bongaigaon district today.

The active cases now stand at 11.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has spiked to 41 with 29 being discharged and 1 death.

“Alert ~ Four more #COVID positive cases are reported from Bongaingaon district. The number of #COVID19 patients in Assam now stands at 41. ( 29 are discharged, 1 death, so active hospital cases 11.),” State health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed this on Twitter.

It is to be noted that two COVID-19 patients were discharged yesterday (Wednesday) after they tested negative for three consecutive times.

New fuel prices in Assam effective from today

GUWAHATI: The Assam government has decided to raise the fuel prices in the state even as the global oil price has taken a sharp dip amid the current virus crisis.

The hike in price will be effective from today, April 22.

The state finance department, through a notification on Tuesday ordered the change of rates of Value Added Tax (VAT) for petrol, diesel and other motor spirits.

“Assam VAT for diesel has been fixed at 23.66 paise in the rupee or Rs 17.45 per litre, whichever is higher, and the tax for petrol and other motor spirits at 32.66 paise in the rupee or Rs 22.63 per lire, whichever is higher,” the notification stated.

With the change in rates, the new price of petrol in the state now stands at Rs. 77.46 per litre, while diesel at Rs 70.5 per litre.

The step was taken by the government as a measure to meet the financial exigencies of the state in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.