New Delhi, April 7, 2014: A BJP government will introduce ‘sanitation ratings’ where cities and towns will be ranked on the basis of their sanitation and cleanliness and the best performers rewarded, the party manifesto released here Monday said, while pledging to create an “open-defecation free India”.
New Delhi, March 13, 2014: One of the major challenges before India is to provide sustainable sanitation and hygiene to its vast diverse and growing population. The Government of India has declared its commitment towards achieving MDG goals and universal sanitation coverage in the country by the year 2022, but with the current rural sanitation coverage of 32.7 percent, this is a challenging task. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has already risen to the occasion with renewed strategies and approaches.
New Delhi, Feb 22, 2014: Proposing a new “empowerment line” that aims to measure the minimum economic cost for a household to fulfil eight most basic needs, a global research organisation has estimated that 680 million Indians, or 56 per cent of the population, lacks the means to meet their essential needs.
Health care, drinking water and sanitation between them account for nearly 40 per cent of the gap between their current status and the ‘empowerment line.’
New Delhi, Feb 17, 2014: Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry, which implements government's ambitious programme to eradicate the menace of open defecation, has got an allocation of Rs 15,260 crore in the interim budget presented by Finance Minister P Chidambaram today.