Jammu, February 17: The Divisional Commissioner, Dr. Raghav Langer, chaired a meeting to review the progress of liquid solid waste management programs in rural areas of the division, here at his office.
The meeting was attended in person by the Director of Rural Sanitation, Director of Rural Development Department, Deputy Director of Planning and other relevant officers, while the Additional District Development Commissioners, Deputy Commissioner in development, District Panchayat officers from all districts in the division participated via video conference.
The meeting was convened to review projects under the Swacch Bharat (Gramin) mission and other government rural sanitation programs.
Additional District Development Commissioners briefed Div Com on the action plan and status of ongoing convergence work under SBM(G), MGNREGA, 14th FC and other projects in their respective Districts .
The meeting was informed that Rs 291.52 crore has been approved for Jammu and Kashmir under SBM(G) Phase II for solid liquid waste management works. He was informed that a total of 622 villages were supposed to be covered this fiscal year 21-22 for solid waste and gray water management and 53 villages were supposed to set up Plastic Waste Management Units (PWMUs). However, no progress in the above could actually be made.
Dr. Langer took note of the unmanaged rubbish dumps in the villages. He called the dumps “horror” and “a challenge for any developing society”, and called for immediate action to improve the situation.
Div Com emphasized the need to develop large numbers of compost pits in rural areas to scientifically treat wet/biodegradable waste. He also reminded the officers of the Lieutenant Governor’s vision to develop Jammu and Kashmir as a model region in Swachhta for the whole nation.