ITANAGAR, Jun 25: PHE and Water Supply minister Mama Natung on Tuesday chaired a debriefing meeting of the department at his office here.

Adviser to the minister Pani Taram, commissioner Pawan Kumar Sain, and various departmental officers were present.

The meeting started with Design and Planning chief engineer T Tapak provide an overview of activities under BE and state plans and discussed current liabilities.

Western Zone chief engineer Toko Jyoti presented the ongoing and upcoming projects, while Eastern Zone chief engineer Tomo Basar, spoke in detail about the progress under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), future strategies, and challenges.

Basar emphasized the importance of implementing the Arunachal Pradesh Protection of Drinking Water Catchment Area Act, 2023.

Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) mission director S Yomcha highlighted the mission’s progress and discussed hurdles in achieving Model ODF Plus villages.

PHE commissioner advised division engineers to adopt government schools and construct soak-pits for organic waste decomposition, which could be used as manure by students.

Minister Natung expressed satisfaction with project execution and directed the submission of a 100-day action plan for all flagship programs.

He underscored the importance of raising awareness about departmental projects through Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) activities.

Natung reiterated the necessity of catchment area protection for sustainable drinking water sources and assured full support for implementing the protection act.

He called for annual coordination meetings with department functionaries up to the assistant engineer level to address grassroots issues and assured assistance in securing additional state government funds as needed.

Adviser to the minister Taram stressed the need for additional state government funding for CSS or externally aided projects facing fund shortages.

He emphasized efficient fund utilization and assured continuous support for departmental initiatives.

The meeting emphasized the department’s commitment to improving water supply infrastructure and sanitation, addressing challenges, and setting a clear path for future actions.