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Funding Pattern-Funds are provided to States for making provision of safe drinking water in rural habitations. The State Governments are to provide matching funds from their own resources.

Ministry/Department-Department of Rural Development

Description-Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP) is implemented by the Government of India to provide safe drinking water in rural areas. Under this programme, the following norms are to be followed : 40 liters per capita per day (Ipcd) of drinking water for human beings, 30 liters per capita per day of additional water for cattle in areas under the Desert Development Programme, one hand-pump or stand post for every 250 persons and availability of water source in the habitation or within 1.6 km in the plains and 100 m elevation in hilly area.

Beneficiaries-Community,

Benefits-Material,

Eligibility criteria-A certain proportion of the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme funds are set aside for implementation of Sector Reforms projects for institutionalizing community participation in the Rural Water Supply Programme. This programme has been introduced in 67 pilot districts across the country, under which, the community is equipped to plan, sanction, implement, manage, operate and maintain rural water supply schemes of their own choice so as to ensure their sustainability. Under these projects, people’s contribution amounting to at least 1 0 per cent of the capital cost and I 00 per cent of the O&M cost are also envisaged. The contribution towards capital cost can be ion the form of cash, kind or labour.

How to Avail-After the 73ra Amendment to the Constitution of India, the subject of rural water supply was placed under the Panchayati Raj Institutions, arid the Panchayats/local community have the power to implement schemes, particularly in selecting the location of hand pumps, stand-posts and spot sources; in management of sources and schemes.

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