Shillong: Meghalaya Public Health Engineering (PHE) minister Renikton Tongkhar on Tuesday clarified that the central government has not stopped the implementation of projects worth Rs 3,000 crore under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in the state.

Tongkhar’s response comes after a media report stated that the Centre has stopped projects under JJM in the state.

Expressing his concern over the misleading information, Tongkhar urged all journalists to “write the fact, since people have a lot of expectations from the Press”.

“Once the statement comes out in the newspaper, the public take it for granted that everything public is correct. That’s why I would request all Press and media to please write only facts,” the minister said.

The PHE minister said he received several calls from many worried contractors.

Tongkhar clarified that if such was the case the Meghalaya government would have received a notification and a warning from the Government of India. “We have not received any letter from the central government. Don’t you think before ordering to stop projects, they would have written numerous letters and called for an explanation?” the minister said.

The PHE minister said in fact the state has been performing well in the implementation of the JJM and had received a bonus. The state government started off with only 4,550 houses which had water connection but now there are 1,98,000 households with water connection.

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