August 2013: National Goal
To provide every rural person with adequate safe water for drinking, cooking and other domestic basic needs on a sustainable basis. This basic requirement should meet minimum water quality standards and be readily and conveniently accessible at all times and in all situations.
- Water is a public good and every person has the right to demand drinking water. - It is the lifeline activity of the Government to ensure that this basic need of the people is met.
- To improve public health and thereby increase economic productivity , there is an urgent need to immediately enhance access to safe and adequate drinking water and Government should give highest priority to the meeting of this basic need for the most vulnerable and deprived sections of society.
- The ethic of fulfillment of drinking water needs to all should not be commercialized and denied to those who cannot afford to pay for such service.
- Drinking water supply cannot be left to the market forces alone. The importance of providing livelihood supply to all and its vital linkage with the health of the people must be recognized.
- As such, the emphasis is more on PublicPublic Partnership (such as between Gram Panchayat and PHED for in-village distribution of drinking water) rather than commercialization of drinking water supply by private agencies.Z User charges of the water supply system should have an in-built component of crosssubsidy to ensure that the economically backward groups are not deprived of this basic minimum need.
Safe and adequate drinking water for all, at all times, in rural India.