Round Table on key water, sanitation issues
The Department of Rural Drinking Water Supply, Ministry of Rural Development, has organised a Round Table on strategies for Rural Drinking Water Supply Program and Sanitation at the Mirza Galib Hall, Scope Complex, Lodhi Road New Delhi tomorrow, Wednesday, October 21,2009.
The objective is to create awareness, orient and encourage the user groups and ensure wider participation of NGOs, Women Groups in the massive task of rural drinking water supply and sanitation under the Bharat Nirman program.
The round Table will be inaugurated by Agatha Sangma, Minister of State for Rural Development. The day long deliberations will focus on strategies which could be conducive for State Governments and the PRIs to upscale the activities under the National Rural Drinking Water Supply Program and the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC).
Key issues likely to be discussed include: the sector unbundling, bulk and retail water supply; Village Level/ community level decentralized systems and involvement of NGOs and CBOs; strengthening of PRIs for their future role in planning, execution and maintenance, Public-Private Partner ships, restructuring of Public Health Engineering departments, Capacity building and awareness generation of community, PRIs and technical personnel.
Ways to allocate funds to states in a manner in which deficit areas get high priority, MIS for drinking water status in each habitation are the other topics also likely to figure in the day-long deliberations.