Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government Wednesday engaged then Women Self-help Groups (WSHGs) in drinking water supply jobs.

Speaking on the launching of Jalsathi Scheme, the chief minister said that the WSHGs are doing good job in the field of paddy procurement, electricity billing and collections. Now, they would be engaged in giving water supply connections to people and collect the water charges in the State.

As many as 5,000 Jala Sathis will be recruited and 70 lakh people in urban areas will benefitted under the programme.

The WATCO and the women self help groups’ association has signed an agreement in connection with this recently.

“Women participation in managing supply of drinking water is quite significant in this direction. As ‘Jala Sathis’ women are expected to win the confidence of people and act as a bridge between people and the State government,” he added.

The chief minister distributed water examination kitsand POS machines among WSHG members.

The minister for women and child development Tukuni Sahu and science & technology minister Ashok Panda, MLAs Ananta Narayan Jena and Susanta Rout were present.

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