To provide purified drinking water enriched with necessary minerals to students studying in government schools in Haryana, the state government on Tuesday has decided to install Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems in all government schools of the state.

Initially, this facility would be made available in urban schools from 2018, and later, it would be extended to schools in the rural areas also.

The decision was taken in a meeting presided over by chief minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday to review progress of the Centrally sponsored schemes.

An official spokesperson said that the state government is also mulling over installation solar panels on the roof-top of government schools. Solar energy produced there would be utilised to run computers.

While reviewing the schemes, the CM stressed the need to increase the state’s own revenue rather than raising debts from other sources. He also directed constitution of a committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary comprising officers of the Finance Department as members, to find ways to curtail wasteful expenditure and to bring down revenue expenditure.

Khattar also issued directions that all administrative secretaries would prepare realistic proposals before sending these to the Project Approval Board so that funds could be released by the Centre at the earliest.

He also directed them to submit list of those schemes for which funds had not been received from the Centre for the last two years so that the matter could be taken up with the Ministry concerned. He also directed them that the budget under the centrally sponsored scheme should be fully utilised to ensure that development works did not hamper.

It was also directed that provision should be made for a separate budget for implementation of the ambitious Maha Gram Yojna to provide sewerage facility in 126 villages having a population of more than 10,000. The state government is in process of setting up Smart Gram Authority and the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) would also be linked with it.