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WATSAN Committee for civic responsibility
Staff reporter DIMAPUR:
Published on 27 May. 2009 12:41 AM IST
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A revolutionary concept to make villagers more responsible for the various water supply & sanitation systems, Water & Sanitation (WATSAN) committee was set up at all village levels, with initiatives from both the state and central government. In pursuance of the concept, PHED, Dimapur, on Tuesday, organised a joint meeting –cum- workshop for representatives of 42 villages under Dimapur district at EE (PHE) Rural division office, Dimapur. Er Subongtemsu EE (PHE), Rural Division, Dimapur chaired the programme and explained about the government policy on communitisation while Er Bursenla Ao, SDO (PHE), Dhansiripar along with Er Vihoto, SDO (PHE), Niuland spoke on functions of WATSAN, monitoring committee and maintenance of account and audit, respectively. The chairperson urged the gathering to utilize the funds properly and informed them about the lump sum which was given by government to all villages. He also informed the participants to spend 70 percent of the funds on water supply related works, 20 percent on sanitation and the remaining 10 percent on training. Er. Bursenla in her speech elaborated on the main purpose of WATSAN, its functions and powers delegated upon the members. The WATSAN members are elected by the village council themselves. She also informed about the monitoring committee of WATSAN members consisting of officials from various departments of the district. She said, “…utilize and benefit yourselves”. Meanwhile, Er Vihoto stressed on the importance of PHE department and stated that the people have a wrong notion that PHE Department deals only in pipes and water supply while they also look after the sanitation. He urged the participants not to misuse the funds and infrastructures and not to depend upon the government alone but also raise funds from the village itself to do small projects. Later after the meeting, cheques were distributed to all villages as a sort of lump sum for starting the WATSAN committee.

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