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About Support Activity

The Government of India launched reform initiatives in the rural water and sanitation sector in 1999 by introducing a high esteemed State Water & Sanitation Mission. The Mission has the overall goal to improve the quality of life by enhancing access to better water supply & sanitation facilities in the rural areas ensuring sustainability. In this regard, “State Mission” (State Water & Sanitation Mission) has been constituted and established in Rural Development Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh, for providing overall policy guidance for community led and participatory projects.

Uttar Pradesh is the 4th largest state of our country with the area of 2,94,411 square Kilometers. There are 112,804 inhabited villages & 820 blocks in 72 districts. To provide access to safe drinking water and sanitation facility to a population of approximately 195,989,768 (2010), is a big challenge/task, especially in rural areas of our Sate. To support the existing State rural water supply and sanitation agencies, Water and Sanitation Support Organization, UP (WSSO, UP) has been set up in the State under the UP State Water & Sanitation Mission with the effect from June 04, 2010.

Functions of WSSO, U.P.:

The Water and Sanitation Support Organization, UP (WSSO,UP) has to carry out the following functions:

The organization would deal only with software aspect of RWS (Rural Water & Sanitation) sector and will not be involved in implementation of water supply and sanitation programme.
The organization’s main function would be to act as a facilitating agency and would function as a bridge between the implementing agencies viz. UP Jal Nigam, Jal Sansthan, UP Agro, Swajaldhara etc. and the Community Organizations on a selective basis.
The WSSO would assist the PRIs (Panchayati Raj Institutions) and VWSCs (Village water & Sanitation Committee) to prepare village water security plans and implement RWS projects based on the village water security plan;
Take up HRD and IEC activities to promote community participation and ensure water safety and security at grassroot level;
Take up evaluation studies, impact assessment studies, R&D activities and share the finding with U.P. Jal Nigam for corrective action;
Take up MIS and computerization programmes, GIS mapping and online monitoring systems, including those for water quality monitoring & surveillance.