Minister assures funds to AP for rural water supply in Udayagiri

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Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Shekhawat is seen handing over his Ministry's Progress Report to the Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

The Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat assured Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu to provide funds to the Drinking Water Supply to every household in Udayagiri Constituency of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh.

The Minister who called on the Vice President in New Delhi today made this assurance saying that funds would be released once the state government forwards the proposal to his Ministry to this effect. The Minister reacted when the Vice President inquired with him about the pending proposal to this effect. Shekhawat also presented a copy of the report on the measures taken by his Ministry to achieve water security in the country. He briefed the Vice President on the progress of various initiatives of the Ministry, especially related to the piped water supply scheme across the country.

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The Ministry of Jal Shakti is providing 90 per cent funds to Himalayan and north-eastern States and 50 per cent funds to other states to take up rural drinking water supply projects. Apart from the regular budgetary allocation, the Ministry plans to utilise 15th Finance Commission grants to rural bodies for providing drinking water to the rural households.