Bhubaneswar, Dec 18: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched "Jala sathi" programme in the state.
Under the programme, the management of pipe water supply in urban areas will be entrusted to Women Self Help Groups (WSHG).
The programme was started in eight wards of the capital city from today. The scheme would be implemented later in the rest of the capital city and all the urban areas of the state.
Under the scheme, provision has been made to provide nine hundred million drinking water to more than 12 lakh families.
Around 70 lakh people would be benefitted by the scheme.
People in urban areas could pay their water dues and test the quality of water sitting in their homes.
Around 5,000 Jala sathis would be employed all over the state for implementation of the scheme.
A MoU was signed between WATCO and Mahila Self Help Group Federation for the purpose.
Launching the programme, Mr Patnaik said handing over the management of drinking water to mothers is a praise worthy initiative.
Mr Patnaik said the government has given many responsibilities like paddy procurement, chhatua supply, electricity metre reading to the WSHG and they are successfully discharging their responsibilities.
As Jala sathis, the women self help groups will not only win the confidence of the people but would also work as a bridge between the government and the people, the Chief Minister hoped.
The Jala sathis would successfully implement the programme to supply pipe water to every house, he said.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister distributed water testing kits and POS Machines to Jala sathis. (UNI)