- On 29th September last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to all States and UTs, to reach every school and anganwadi centre with tap water connection on priority basis.
- To translate the vision of the Prime Minister, a 100-days campaign was launched by Jal Shakti Ministry on 2nd October last year to bring awareness and a sense of urgency to provide clean drinking water to children across the country.
Why in News?
- Jal Shakti Ministry has announced that the tap water supply has reached 66 per cent schools and 60 per cent anganwadi centres in villages across the country.
- In less than ten months, provision of tap water has been made in Six lakh 85 thousand schools, six lakh 80 thousand anganwadi centres and two lakh 36 thousand Gram Panchayats and Community Healthcare Centres in villages across India.
- The provision of clean tap water supply has been made in all schools and anganwadi centres in nine states and one Union Territories.
- These States and UT are Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- Due to unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene, children are susceptible to water-borne diseases like diarrhea, dysentery, cholera and typhoid.