partial modification of fund allocation under the National Rural
Drinking Water (NRDWP). The details are as
the criterion of 'Rural population managing rural drinking water supply schemes'for interstate allocation of NRDWP
funds to "Rural population managing rural drinking water supply schemes weighted by Management Devolution Index".
Creating a component of Water Quality and Surveillance (WQM&S)and allocating 3% of NRDWP funds to this
Reducing the allocation of funds
to the component for Natural Calamities from 5% to 2 %.
5% of funds to remain allocated for Support activities, excluding the
Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance (WQM&S) activity.
This will promote
substantive devolution of functions, funds and functionaries to the enabling them to take up management of the rural
drinking water supply schemes in their areas.
Provision of a separate
allocation of 3% of NRDWP funds for Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance
(WQMS) of drinking water sources in rural areas, while maintaining the
allocation for other Support activities at 5% of NRDWP funds, shall meet the
requirements of comprehensive drinking water quality testing, surveillance and
monitoring of drinking water sources and setting up support organizations like
Block Resource' and strengthening District
Water and Sanitation Missions (DWSMs) and Water and Sanitation Support (WSSOs), which all aim to facilitate proper
planning, implementation, management and operation of rural drinking water
supply schemes with the participation of the target population.
PRIs.The NRDWP allocation
to States has 10% for "Rural
population managing rural drinking water supply schemes" which aims to
serve as an incentive to States for decentralization and reforms in the sector
and to encourage them to devolve management of rural water supply schemes to
among the most important activities included in the Support component of the
NRDWP. Under the NRDWP all States are required to test their public drinking
water sources in rural areas once a year for chemical contamination and twice a
year for bacteriological contamination, etc. Provision of a separate earmarked
allocation for WQMS is therefore necessary to enable testing of these sources.
Specific fund allocation is now being given which would enable greater focus on