“PHE, I&FC MINISTER Flag off Various activities to be celebrated during the National Rural Drinking Water & Sanitation Awareness Week”

JAMMU MARCH 16:- PHE,I&FC MINISTER Sh. Sukhnandan Kumar today flag off various activities to be celebrated during the “NATIONAL RURAL DRINKING WATER & SANITATION AWARANESS WEEK” w.e.f. 16th to 22nd March 2015.
Sh. Sukhnandan Kumar Minister of PHE, I&FC J&K State in presence of Dr. Pawan Kotwal, IAS Commissioner Secretary to Government, department of PHE, I&FC flag off the I.E.C Vans mounted with Public Address System to aware the masses regarding importance of Safe Drinking Water and to keep the surrounding neat and clean, thereby creating healthy environment. He also released I.E.C material in connection with Celebration of National Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Awareness Week. While addressing the media persons Minister said “This week is being celebrated in all the 22 Districts of J&K; with a sole objective of creating awareness related to Water, Sanitation and hygiene at grass root level. Besides appreciating the work of CCDU, he applauded the important role of media in creating awareness and requested all to contribute to the maximum for this noble cause.
Commissioner Secretary PHE, I&FC J&K asked the Programme Implementation agencies to coordinate with DWSM, VWSCs and involve PRI’s, ASHA Workers, AWW. He said that 70% of the diseases are water borne, therefore importance of safe drinking water is very vital and these IEC Vans would spread the message of safe drinking water and importance of sanitation in every nook and corner of the J&K State. He Further stressed on testing of water with FTK’s and stop practice of open defecation.
While highlighting the work of Communication Capacity Development Unit (CCDU), he asked all the related Departments like Rural Development (RDD), Health, ICDS, PHE, Social Welfare, and Education to converge all the resources to make this event a great success.
Others present on the occasion were Sh. Ajeet Kumar Sahu IAS District Development Commissioner Jammu, Sh. Sushil Aima Chief Engineer PHE Jammu, Sh. H. C. Jerath Chief Engineer I&FC Jammu, Sh. K.K. Gupta Chief Engineer RTIC Jammu, Sh. Syed Shabir Joint Director Planning PHE, I&FC, Dr. Narinder Bhatial Executive Director CCDU, Sh. Mohinder Manhas Sectary of Institute of Engineering Jammu, officers of PHE I&FC and Staff of CCDU.