New Delhi, Dec 13, 2011: About 12 lakh rural habitations were fully covered with drinking water supply through the National Rural Drinking Water Programme, NRDWP and other Central and State programmes. As per National Sample Survey Organizations 65th Round Survey of 2008-09, more than 90% of rural households are covered with improved sources of drinking water. The information was given by the Union Minister for Rural Development Shri Jairam Ramesh in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. He said, though water is a State subject, the Government of India administers the centrally sponsored scheme, NRDWP for providing financial and technical assistance to the States to supplement their efforts to provide adequate and potable drinking water to the rural areas. A budgetary allocation of Rs.9,350 crore has been provided for NRDWP for 2011-12. Under NRDWP, State Governments are vested with powers to plan, approve and implement drinking water supply schemes covering the remaining partially covered and quality affected habitations on priority.
(Source: Press Information Bureau)