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Tardy progress of SSA civil work in the state
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Jul. 2009 1:01 AM IST
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Very poor progress of civil works under SSA projects for the financial years 2008-09 seemed to have attracted the attention of the state government as well as Ed.Cil who expressed their concern on Wednesday. Addressing the inaugural function of the three-day training of Junior Engineers and Project Assistants in-charge of Civil Work which kick-started at DUDA guest house today, additional chief secretary, Bano Z Jamir expressed concern at the tardy progress of the civil works undertaken under SSA project which presently stood at 48.85% against the target of 75% by the end of July this year which was assured to the union ministry earlier. In this regard, she stressed that the state must ensure that by mid September all the undergoing civil work for the financial year 2008-09 should be completed so that work under financial year 2009-10 could be taken up. The additional chief secretary also reminded that SSA mission would come to an end by 2012 and stressed the need to undertake assessment of both achievements made under SSA and also future requirement so that necessary measure could be taken up for carrying out the work under other project. She informed that out of 11 districts in the state, there were only 7 JEs at present and stressed the need to fill up the remaining posts as well. Further, she agreed that one JE for a whole district was too insufficient. Community participation, which she said was strong in the state was encouraged under SSA. She however admitted that there were problems in communitization as the government officials fail to take their responsibilities by delegating the whole responsibilities to the community. Pointing out loopholes in the prevailing specification for civil work under SSA she stressed the need to evolve certain guidelines and specifications. While the state government had made it mandatory for rain water harvesting in any new government building, the present SSA specification failed to include provision for compulsory water harvesting, she said. “We have to educate the people on the importance of conservation,” she said. Pallab Kumar Das, consultant Ed. Cil. NE Celle, Guwahati who was among the resource persons for the training in his keynote address termed the training as trainers’ training. He lauded the people of the state by saying that they were “very cooperative,” and added that the training was the right place of community participatory work. He however pointed out that there were problems in the civil work implementation in the state due to delay in release of funds. He too expressed dismay at the tardy progress of the present SSA civil work which he described it as a very serious matter. He said that the JEs should not sit in the district offices but should monitor the work at the sit. In this regard, he called for sufficient TA/DA to be given to the JEs. Visalhulie Krose, JE SMA gave a power-point presentation on the various civil works undertaken in the state and also the progress and achievements. Mission Director SSA, Nagaland, Angau I Thou chaired the function.

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