As per the constitution of India, taking care of the water supply and sanitation needs of the citizens is a responsibility of State Governments and its lower tiers of governance such as the Zilla parishad, Urban Local Bodies and to some extent the Gram Panchayats also.
In Maharashtra, the Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation along with the department of Water Supply and Sanitation was created in 1996 to exclusively concentrate on the poor coverage and access to these essential services in both urban and rural areas. The Ministry is responsible for setting the policies for the State in this sector and coordinate with the Central Government and other key institutions.
The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Water Supply and Sanitation and is supported by the State Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation. The Secretary heads the Water Supply and Sanitation Department (WSSD).
The WSSD is supported by two technical wings viz: Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) and Groundwater and Survey Development Agency (GSDA). Besides, the rural water supply and sanitation programmes are being implemented through Reform Support and Management Unit (RSMU) situated at New Mumbai.
AMRAVATI: "State government is making all out efforts to provide safe and pure drinking water in every village but the villagers should also take initiative for the same. Without the villagers help the scheme will not be successful," said state water supply and sanitation...