10 crore sanctioned for drinking water supply to West BengalJune 1st, 2009 - 5:55 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, June 1 (ANI): Union Rural Development Minister Dr. C. P. Joshi has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 10 crore as grant-in-aid to the Government of West Bengal in his very first official action for providing safe drinking water to the people in cyclone affected areas.
He has also assured that all possible help would be made available to mitigate the suffering of the affected people in the cyclone-hit areas.
The grant-in-aid follows a review by the Department of Drinking Water Supply, Ministry of Rural Development, after taking note of the cyclone and the damage to water supply systems on the basis of a report sought from the State Government.
With water receding in the cyclone affected areas, meeting safe drinking water and sanitation needs of the affected people is the top most priority during the relief operation.
In order to help the State Government to tackle drinking water and sanitation problems, Department of Drinking Water Supply is also assisting the State Government by providing a number of suggestions on how to provide safe drinking water and sanitary facilities to the people in cyclone affected areas. (ANI)
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