A total of 748 million people lack access to clean water on a regular basis in the world and an estimated 1.8 billion people are exposed to contaminated water, according to a report released Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO).
In an interview with Zee Media, Chaudhary Birender Singh who took over as Minister for Rural development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation praised MNREGA scheme for its positive effects on the poor.
Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister N Chinarajappa said here Tuesday that the state government is taking steps to provide all infrastructure facilities including drinking water in rural areas.
With a view to accomplishing Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s mission
"Swachh Bharat by 2019", the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation will organise a two day exhibition-cum-workshop next week, highlighting innovative technologies.
Supreme Court took a stern view of Andhra Pradesh government not complying with its directions to ensure drinking water and separate toilets for girls and boys in schools and directed the state`s Principal Secretary to appear before it and explain the exact position.
Shortage of drinking water due to non-maintenance of tube wells and water tanks has forced villagers in Rayagada district in Odisha to drink contaminated water, raising concern of increase in water-borne diseases.