Cuttack: The Orissa government has
tendered an unconditional apology before the High Court here for being unable to comply with its order over providing drinking water facilities in anganwadi centres in May.
S N Tripathy, Principal Secretary in Rural Development
Department, in an affidavit filed in the court yesterday said
only 1,316 tubewells could be dug by the stipulated deadline
of June 30.
The government attributed the onset of monsoon as the
reason for not being able to meet the deadline and tendered an
unconditional apology as the court in its last order had
warned of action against erring officials.
Earlier, the court after expressing displeasure over
the issue had asked the government to ensure that drinking
water facilities were available in all 8000-odd anganwadi
It had also directed the government to go for e-tender
and take the help of any agency to dig bore wells in anganwadi
centers located in both government and private accommodations.
A Division bench comprising of Chief Justice V Goplala
Gowda and Justice B N Mohapatra had passed the order on a PIL
that is being adjudicated by the court for the last four