Raipur. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has cancelled the tender for 'Jal Jeevan Mission' of PHE (Public Health and Engineering). The decision to scrap the tender, following complaints of corruption in the process, was taken during a cabinet meeting chaired by Bhupesh Baghel. A three-member Inquiry Committee under Chief Secretary R P Mandal will investigate the matter further.
The Congress party had directly complained to the Chief Minister regarding the 'Jal Jeevan' tender; on neglection of local companies. Contract worth rupees six-thousand crores was acquired by selected companies from outside the state, while the local companies could only obtain contracts for inaccessible, Naxal-affected areas. The Congress election manifesto had promised a higher share in state contracts to locals. The Congress leaders accused officials of misleading the government.
The opposition has also targeted the government accusing them of corruption and mismanagement. Former Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that the Central Government has given seven-thousand crores for this mission and now everyone is fighting for their share of the pie. Opposition leader Dharamlal Kaushik asserted that the tender was cancelled in a hurry because of corruption.
The Jal Jeevan Mission aims to provide safe and adequate drinking water to all households in rural India by 2024. The programme will also implement source sustainability measures as mandatory elements, such as recharge and reuse through greywater management, water conservation, rainwater harvesting. It is worth noting that out of 43.17 lakh houses in rural areas of Chhattisgarh, only 11 per cent has a water connection.