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Drinking water in every village: Chautala

By Our Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, AUG. 30. The Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, today announced two new schemes for women as "Raksha Bandhan'' gifts.

Addressing a Press conference here, Mr. Chautala said that under the first scheme, no woman would have to go out of the "phirni" (periphery) of the village to fetch drinking water. Adequate safe drinking water would be made available within the "phirni'' of every village. And under the second scheme, community sanitary latrines would be set up in every village and urban slum for the women. Both these schemes would be completed before the next "Raksha Bandhan".

Mr. Chautala pointed out that he was concerned about the hardship being faced by women in bringing pitchers full of drinking water from far off places. Also, in many villages the women had to wait for darkness to go out to ease themselves.

Overhead tanks would be constructed at appropriate places within the "phirni" in every village under the first scheme. He said that the Government would provide as much money as was needed for new tubewells, laying pipelines, setting up boosting stations, pumping sets, storage tanks and inlet channels.

Mr.Chautala disclosed that his government had prepared a scheme, costing Rs.425 crores, to provide water in 255 villages in the backward Mewat region.

Replying to a question, he said Supreme Court would certainly endorse its verdict delivered in the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal matter directing the Central Government to construct and complete the Canal in Punjab territory.

He said that an Assembly session could be convened at any time provided the Congress leaders gave an assurance that they would not stage a walkout and would protect the interests of the State.

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