Tracking Fund Utilisation in National Rural Drinking Water Programme and Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan: A Study on Sehore District of Madhya Pradesh
This paper focuses on fund utilisation in the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), the rural drinking water and sanitation programmes of the Union Government of India, in Sehore district, Madhya Pradesh. Following the new National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) guidelines (2011), which advocate for 24×7 drinking water security through piped water supply in rural habitations, public investment on this, has been increased to some extent. However, the study suggests that there are huge gaps between the resources needed and those available, at the level of the selected district. The fund allocated reaches the district, block and village level very late in the financial year, which leads to inefficient utilisation of funds. Besides, the Government apparatus lacks adequate human resources to utilise the funds effectively.