Drinking Water :: Supply of drinking water in schools in India

The Indian State Governments are required to utilize funds provided under Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP) to cover drinking water in rural schools also.

However, during this year based on drinking water proposals received from 13 States/UTs, the Department has released Rs.22,839.40 lakh for coverage of 1,14,197 schools so far. In respect of sanitation, as per proposals received from the states, 9,13,847 school toilets have been sanctioned. Out of which 3,23,795 school toilets have been constructed. As per norm of TSC, two units of toilets is constructed in each school having co-education facility.

The share of Central Government for providing drinking water facilities in a school is limited to 50% of the cost subject to a ceiling of Rs.20,000/-. As regards, providing toilets in schools the ratio is 70:30 between Central and State Governments. The implementation of the schemes is with the State Governments/UTs.

The State-wise number of schools not having drinking water facilities as on 1.4.2006 as per the information furnished by States is given at Annexure I.

This was stated by Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri Chandra Sekhar Sahu, in reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today.

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