Water Supply & Sanitation Minister Gulabrao Patil

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Nagpur, Dec 16 – Water Supply & Sanitation Minister Gulabrao Patil on Friday informed in the
Maharashtra Assembly that a committee will be appointed to monitor activities of Jaljivan Mission in the state.

Replying to a question raised by member Sunil Shelke in the lower house through Lakshvedhi regarding the substandard performance of Jaljeevan Mission in Maval taluka of Pune district, he said that the work of 34,000 water supply schemes in the state under Jaljeevan Mission Yojana are yet to be completed.
A private company has been appointed to perform neutral audit, the minister said and informed that he has given a direction that unless there is a neutral audit and 25 per cent of the work done, contractor’s bills should not be paid.

A review is being conducted as to why the scheduled works were stopped at some places, he said.
Apart from this, department-wise meetings will be held to review the work of water supply schemes under Jaljeevan Mission in the state, Patil further said.

There are about 700 water supply scheme works in a district, but contractors are less, he informed and said that only those who have capacity are given the job.
Due to unavailability of engineers and labourers, educated unemployed engineers and retired people with experience in gram panchayat and MJP work are being engaged to get these works done, he added.