Bank officer blames official indifference, lack of coordination for the situation
The Raichur Zilla Panchayat has failed to implement World Bank-sponsored schemes such as construction of toilets, provision of smokeless stoves and augmenting water supply in rural areas in the district, Satish, Senior Social Development Officer of the World Bank, Bangalore, has said.
Speaking to presspersons after attending a review meeting here on Saturday, he said that last year a scheme to provide toilets to each house and the supply of smokeless stoves to rural residents had been sanctioned to the Raichur Zilla Panchayat with World Bank assistance, with a view to maintaining proper sanitation in rural areas and avoid environmental pollution.
But the officials had not shown any interest in implementing the scheme, Dr. Satish alleged.
He said the zilla panchayat had been given a target to construct 36,441 toilets in select rural areas in all the five taluks of the district.
But so far, it had only completed work on 1,229 toilets. It was unfortunate that it had achieved a negligible 3.37 per cent of its target while implementing the scheme, Dr. Satish said, putting the failure down to a lack of coordination between the officials of the zilla panchayat and the gram panchayats concerned.
The zilla panchayat provided only 886 of the targeted 38,132 smokeless stoves. There was little interest in the scheme, despite the subsidy of Rs. 3,000 on each oven, according to Dr. Satish. While reviewing the implementation of the scheme, it was found that officials of the zilla and gram panchayats and NGOs had failed to educate people in rural areas about the advantages of using smokeless stoves.
They had also failed to publicise the subsidy amount on the ovens, the World Bank official said, adding thatit was more important to spread awareness on the advantages of using smokeless stoves, which reduced consumption of firewood and helped to avoid air pollution.
Dr. Satish said the World Bank had sanctioned Rs.125 crore to Raichur district for implementing a new scheme to augment drinking water supply to fluoride-affected villages in Deodurga taluk.
An action plan was being prepared to identify these villages with a proposal to draw water from the Krishna.
A similar scheme was being implemented in Koppal district, for which the World Bank had sanctioned Rs.125 crore.
Expressing displeasure over the zilla panchayat's indifference while implementing the Jala Nirmala Yojana in Raichur district, Dr. Satish said the World Bank had sanctioned Rs.103 crore for the scheme.
A total of 48 projects under the scheme were being implemented in 51 gram panchayats covering 265 villages in the district. Although the zilla panchayat had spent about Rs. 80 crore under the scheme so far, it had not been implemented satisfactorily, the World Bank official said.
Only 3.37 per cent of targeted toilets constructed The bank funds water projects in Raichur, Koppal
Only 3.37 per cent of targeted toilets constructed
The bank funds water projects in Raichur, Koppal