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Awards for Punjab panchayats

Chandigarh: In a bid to promote rural sanitation in the State, the Punjab government has decided to award panchayats which excel in performance, operation and maintenance of water supply and sanitation systems.

An official spokesperson of the Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Department here said the department has come out with a novel programme to honour the panchayats.

An annual award of Rs.30,000 to the best performing Gram Panchayat has been instituted for each district in the State. The spokesman said the department was making earnest efforts to make panchayats active members in implementation of various water supply project in their villages. Previously drinking water supply schemes were planned, designed and executed by the Department of Water Supply and Sanitation but now the role of the department has been changed from a provider to a facilitator, he said adding that the project is now planned, executed and run by the villagers themselves through the formation of Gram Panchayat Water Supply and Sanitation Committee and the villagers become the owner of the water supply system. - PTI

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