The assessment of fluoride in drinking water is being done by the state governments through laboratory testing
GN Bureau | December 27, 2017
There are about 28,000 arsenic/fluoride affected habitations in the country.
Union minister Uma Bharati informed parliament that the ministry of drinking water and sanitation had launched the National Water Quality Sub-Mission on 22nd March 2017 under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) to provide safe drinking water to about 28,000 arsenic/fluoride affected habitations over a span of 4 years.
The minister said that rural drinking water supply is a state subject. For improving the coverage of safe drinking water to rural population, the ministry supplements the efforts of the states by providing them with technical and financial assistance through the centrally sponsored NRDWP.
Read: Bitten to the bone, by water
The funds provided to the states under NRDWP can be utilized for coverage and tackling water quality problems with priority to arsenic and fluoride affected habitations.
The minister said that assessment of fluoride in drinking water is being done by the state governments through laboratory testing.
To deal with arsenic and fluoride contamination, with the recommendation of NITI Aayog, the government of India has released Rs 800 crore in March’ 2016 for commissioning community water purification plants in 1,327 arsenic and 12,014 fluoride affected habitations so that safe water for drinking and cooking needs is addressed immediately.
In addition, funds to the tune of Rs.100 crore each are also provided for tackling arsenic and fluoride problems in West Bengal and Rajasthan respectively for the last mile connectivity in commissioning surface water based piped water supply schemes.
Former World Health Organisation (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan takes charge as chairperson of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) from February 1. Founded by her father, the legendary agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan, MSSRF was set up to accelerate the use of m
The digital revolution is being led by India. Digital governance is a key component of the government's ambition to transform India into a society where everyone has access to the internet. It includes both M-governance and E-governance, which are major methods for the delivery of services via mobile devic
Saundarya Lahari: Wave of Beauty Translated from the Sanskrit by Mani Rao HarperCollins, 218 pages, Rs 399 ‘Saundarya Lahari’, usually ascribed to Adi Shankaracharya, has a unique status among the religious-spiritual works of Hinduism.
This year, as the nation commemorates the 75th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, Rajesh Talwar, a prolific author who is also a legal advisor to the UN, is all set to release a play for children on non-violence chronicling the life of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘The Boy Who Became the Mahat
Neha Lakra, 20, doesn’t forget to practise hockey, at least for four hours, every day. Whether at home or at the Panposh sports hostel in Rourkela where she is training under the guidance of coaches, her routine doesn’t change. “I can’t sleep unless I have worked on the ground,&rdqu
Somewhere Among the Stars: Reflections of a Mystic By Adi Varuni Kali/BluOne Ink, 282 pages, Rs 395 Decades ago, when an unknown N