602 lakh Indians donít have access to safe drinking water

Rural households having household tap connections within their premises is just 15.3%

GN Bureau | February 16, 2017


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As many as 602.55 lakh people are without access to safe drinking water, the Lok Sabha was informed.

Union minister Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi as per data entered by state governments on online portal of Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) of the Ministry, as on April 1, 2011, there were total 16,64,068 rural habitations with 8643.28 lakh population; out of this, 1,21,501 rural habitations with 602.55 lakh population were without access to safe drinking water.

Read: Experts stress on the need to scale up village water safety and security process

He said that the percentage of total rural population having Piped Water Supply schemes as on February 5, 2017 is 53.41 percent. However, only 15.3 % rural households have household tap connections within their premises.

He added that rural drinking water supply is a state subject. The ministry supplements the efforts of the states by providing them with technical & financial assistance through the centrally sponsored National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) for improving the coverage of safe drinking water to rural areas.

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