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While rural Uttarakhand had been declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF) in June 2017, a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) that was tabled in the Uttarakhand assembly stated that the declaration of the state as ODF was “incorrect”.

The guidelines on Swajal provide details of the scheme, implementation arrangements, financing provisions and roles and responsbilities of various stakeholders involved in its implementation. The guidelines have to be read in conjunction with National Rural Drinking water Programme issued by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

The Government of India launched the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) in April 2009 by modifying the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP) and subsuming earlier sub-mission/schemes. A performance audit of the NRDWP was conducted to assess how far the objectives of the Programme were achieved.

India has made significant progress in providing its citizens access to clean water, but is still among the top countries where the highest percentage of population does not have this facility, say

This paper explores the benefits of a coordinated approach to land and water governance in efforts to address the global food security challenge and the need to tackle gender inequality in access to and control over land and water. The scarcity of arable land and freshwater is at the centre of debates about the global food security challenge.

About 76 percent of rural habitations in India have achieved a fully covered (FC) status, under the National Rural Drinking Water Program, with basic minimum service level of 40 liters per capita daily (lpcd), but this coverage is primarily through hand-pumps and does not necessarily translate into sustainable and good quality service delivery.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Status of implementation of drinking water and sanitation schemes, 20/03/2017. The State /UT-wise details of implementation of ongoing schemes under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) in the country is at Annexure-I. The Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) (SBM(G)) has been launched on 2nd October, 2014, which aims at attaining Swachh Bharat by 2nd October 2019. The focus of the scheme is on behavior change and usage of toilets. Currently, Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) is under implementation in 675 districts.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Targets under Drinking Water and Sanitation Schemes, 17/11/2016. The State/UT-wise details of targets set and achievements made under National RuralDrinking Water Programme (NRDWP) during each of the last three years are at Annexure-I. Since Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) is demand driven programme, hence no State/UT-wise targets are fixed. However, State/UT-wise, number of Individual household latrines constructed during last three years is at Annexure-II.

This Report of the Committee deals with the action taken by the Government on the recommendations contained in the Second Report (Sixteenth Lok Sabha) on the subject ‘Evaluation of Rural Drinking Water Programmes' pertaining to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

BHUBANESWAR: With 285 gram panchayat (GP) headquarters of the State out of reach of pipe water supply scheme, the Government has directed the Rural Development Department to ensure that these panch