NPRAAF alleges NRDWP project guidelines flouted

DIMAPUR, JUL 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/18/2018 12:19:48 AM IST
Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) on Tuesday alleged that National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) projects in the State were not implemented as per Central government guidelines.
NPRAAF through its information and publicity cell said it had filed an RTI in the PHE department on May 7 this year seeking copy of actual payment receipt (APR) and documentary proof and photos of works executed and completed under NRDWP, besides showing break up of expenditure division and district-wise from 2015 to 2018.
However, the forum said the department could not furnish these documents even after lapse of the mandated period under RTI Act.
It stated that the department, after inordinate delay, furnished a vaguely-prepared chart, scheme-wise expenditure statement on utilisation of amount from 2015 to 2017 on July 14.
NPRAAF said it randomly picked up some completed sites of the projects and inquired if the schemes in question were satisfactorily carried out. However, the forum claimed that none of the schemes were completed satisfactorily nor implemented as per Central guidelines.
Further, the forum stated that it physically verified the drinking water project at Tseminyu town that was funded under NRDWP. It said as per the PHE department’s chart the project was completed, but the project was incomplete despite adequate funding by the Union drinking water & sanitation ministry.
According to NPRAAF, the chart also mentioned that Rs 2.5 lakh was sanctioned to a certain union at Kohima during 2015-16 under NRDWP drinking water scheme, though sanctioning money to unions was in contravention of guidelines and therefore illegal.
The forum said it would soon bring out more details of NRDWP implementation to enlighten the public how exactly the funds were utilised.
But in spite of “impropriety” in utilisation of funds by the State government, the forum said the Union drinking water & sanitation ministry sanctioned Rs 17.36 lakh under NRDWP for 2018-19 on April 8 this year.
NPRAAF urged the people to remain vigilant to ensure that funds meant for providing drinking water under NRDWP were utilised as per Central guidelines unlike in the past.

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