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Reforms in the rural drinking water sector were adopted in 1999 through Sector Reform Project (SRP) on pilot basis and have been scaled up throughout the country in the form of Swajaldhara launched on 25th December 2002. The programme is a paradigm shift from supply driven to demand driven, centralized to decentralized implementation and Government’s role from service provider to facilitator.


The fundamental reform principles in Swajaldhara are adhered to by the State Governments and the Implementing Agencies in terms of adoption of a demand-responsive approach with community participation. It is based on empowerment of villagers to ensure their full participation in the project through a decision making role in the choice of the drinking water scheme, planning, design, implementation, control of finances


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