Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Clean drinking water for arsenic affected areas, 12/12/2016
Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Clean drinking water for arsenic affected areas, 12/12/2016. As per the Centrally sponsored National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), administered by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, every rural citizen should have access to a basic minimum service level of 40 (forty) litres per capita per day (LPCD) of safe drinking water, including arsenic affected areas. The Ministry promotes provision of piped water supply from safe drinking water sources throughout rural India, including arsenic affected areas, and the water treatment plants shall have proper disinfection facilities so that bacteriological contamination does not occur. The Ministry administers the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin Programme, which aims at making rural India open defecation free (ODF) by October, 2019 which would help in controlling spread of water borne diseases. The unit of coverage under NRDWP is habitation which is a part of Gram Panchayat. State-wise number of water quality affected habitations which are yet to be provided safe drinking water as on 07/12/2016 is at Annexure-I.