the conditions relating to rejuvenation, replacement, restoration and renovation, which are a part of the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme of the Union government have been relaxed for drought-affected state of Madhya Pradesh. This has been done for the implementation of Rural Water Supply Programme, said Union minister of rural development, M Venkaiah Naidu.
In a meeting with the Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Digvijay Singh, Naidu disclosed that the relaxation has been done because of and acute shortage of drinking water in the rural areas of Madhya Pradesh, which is a result of deficient rainfall and depletion of groundwater level. Naidu further said that the ministry is particularly sympathetic to the special needs of the drought-affected districts of Madhya Pradesh and will strive to help in all possible ways. He also said that a national campaign would be launched shortly to create awareness regarding rainwater harvesting.