Jalandhar[रफ़्तार न्यूज़ ब्यूरो] : In a major achievement on Thursday, the Jalandhar district has become first in the state which has ensured a 100-percent piped water supply connection to all Anganwari centers of the district.
Disclosing more information, the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Vishesh Sarangal, who led a team of various departments including the Department of Social Security, Women and Child Development, Department of Water Supply and Sanitation, and Rural Development and Panchayat Department, said that this 100-day special campaign on providing safe and adequate water to all Anganwari centers was initiated on October 2, 2020, under Jal Jiwan Mission (JJM) program.
He said that the campaign was aimed at ensuring piped water supply to all centers for protecting the health of the children and others with access to potable water in the centers.
He informed when the campaign was launched, a field inspection was conducted and he got a report that 184 Anganwari centers in Jalandhar were without tap water connection.
He stated that following the directions of the state government, the work was immediately kick-started on all 184 sites, and progress was constantly reviewed with the departments’ heads. He said that the officials ensured regular inspections of the work on the field which helped in achieving the target much before the deadline of 100-days.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) said that ensuring safe water to children was the top-most priority of the government as the kids are the most vulnerable to water-borne diseases.
He said now with the work has been completed in 184 Anganwari centers; all 1654 Anganwari centers of Jalandhar have tap water connections.
Sarangal lauded the team of officials for their concerted efforts during the uninterrupted completion of this job which would provide safe and clean drinking water to children and others.
Further, this would also ensure safe handling and storage of drinking water, handwashing with soap, personal, and community hygiene, he added.