MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)
IN THE MINISTRY OF DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION
(SHRI BHARATSINH SOLANKI)
(a) to (e) A Statement of reply is laid on the table of the House.
Statement referred to in reply to Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 333
due for reply on 13/2/2014
(a) & (b) Yes Madam. Under the centrally sponsored National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP),
provides priority for coverage of all rural schools in the country with safe drinking water. Under NRDWP, upto
67% of funds allocated/ released to the States could be utilized for coverage of habitations (including water
âquality affected habitations) with safe drinking water in adequate quantity. Coverage of rural schools with
safe drinking water facilities can also be funded under this component of NRDWP. The fund sharing
pattern for coverage of habitations as well as rural schools is 50:50 between Centre and State while it
is 90:10 for North-Eastern States and Jammu & Kashmir.
(c) The State-wise allocation, release and expenditure details of NRDWP funds made under NRDWP during
the last 3 years and current year is at Annexure-1. The statement showing coverage of schools as per DISE
(District Information System for Education) data as on September 2012 maintained by the Ministry of Human
Resource Development is at Annexure -2.
(d) & (e) Vide letter dated 17/1/2014, the Ministry is in receipt of a Very Important Reference (VIR) from Shri
Bharat Ram Meghal, Honâble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) enclosing a requisition from Hony. Secretary,
Bharat Ram Mordiya Smarak Nyas (BRMSN) regarding sanctioning of a tubewell with power construction in the
education institution for girls at Khasra No. 7, village Hinsla, Saleta Gram Panchayat, Thanagazi tehsil, Alwar,
Rajasthan. The Ministry vide letter dated 10/2/2014 has forwarded the same to Public Health Engineering
Department, Government of Rajasthan to take immediate action as they are already empowered with powers
to plan, design, sanction, implement and monitor rural drinking water schemes including provision of safe
drinking water in rural schools. In addition, following the Honâble Supreme Courtâs order, all State departments
dealing with drinking water supply have been directed to provide drinking water facilities in all
rural schools immediately.