golden yug
[ March 13, 2018 ] The importance of clean drinking water is a globally accepted phenomenon and especially when it comes to preventing infection, illness and death in developing countries. Despite the vast resources available to people of J&K, people of state are usually found protesting on roads due to non availability of drinking water. This is especially more evident in outskirts of Jammu, where millions of people, usually women and girls, walk miles every day to collect water for their daily use. In Jammu district, department of PHE is morally bound to provide filtered pipeline drinking water to all the inhabitants. Crores of rupees annually in the name of improvement and augmentation of water supply to Jammu city, sometimes under phase-1 and sometimes under phase-2 and on occasions in the name of special improvement the said department is flushing tax payer’s money into the drains.` Year after years crores of rupees in the name of up-gradation of machinery and equipments and in the name of tanker services are infect never used for the purpose meant for. In the year 2017-18 under the head MH-2215, tanker services, office of Executive engineer PHE Mechanical South Division has shown received 92.43 lacs and strangely by December 2017 amount of Rs 8943490 was shown used whereas in the preceding year for the same purpose during twelve months an amount of Rs 19931000 was spent.More over for the same purpose under the head MH-2055 (N.plan) out of allotment of Rs eight lacs by December of last year Rs 775909 stands disbursed. Pertinent to mention here that, residents of the areas falling under jurisdiction of Executive Engineer Public Health Engineering (Mechanical) South Division Panama Chowk, from last over twenty days on one pretext or the another are not provided water through water tankers. When contacted, residents on the issue said that no one in the office of Executive Engineer, PHE is listening them and we are daily coming here to meet concerned officials but all in vain. Kunwar of Sainik Colony alleged neither we are getting drinking water through pipelines nor departmental tankers. He further stated that in the name of supply of water through water tanks Xen Mr Sharma is indulging in corrupt practices and due to which from over last fifteen days despite numerous requests not a single water tanker was supplied in our locality making our life miserable. There is apprehension that few PHE officials on one hand have embezzled the funds meant for water supply through water tankers and have created circumstances , which force us to buy water from private water tankers , perhaps PHE officials are promoting their business. Executive Engineer Ajay Sharma of PHE (M) South acknowledged that due to no availability of funds, from last over two weeks, we are unable to fill fuel in our department owned eleven water tankers and as such are unable to provide drinking water to those who need it most. He further said that the matter was brought under notice of concerned Minister Sham Choudhary but he advises us don’t put any liability of funds on department, which means that concerned Minister is not interested in solving people genuine problems and Sabka Saath and Sabka Vikas hold no meaning for him. Meanwhile the residents of Jammu belonging to different areas approached office of Chief Engineer PHE Jammu to get him acquainted with the situation arising due to non availability of drinking water but sadly were not allowed to meet on the pretext Sahib is over busy today. Attempts were made to contact him on his Mobile but CE PHE, Jammu , instead of attending the calls preferred to disconnect the same making the whole episode more ugly.Minister concerned morally owes an reply who misused funds meant to fill fuel in water tankers owned by PHE , & what justification in such a situation he wish to put on record.