Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation

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Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation
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The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation was a ministry of the Government of India. Now the ministry has been merged with the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

In 1999, the Department of Drinking Water Supply (DDWS) was formed under Ministry of Rural Development, for focused attention on drinking water and sanitation. Later was renamed as Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2010 and in 2011, it was conferred the Ministry status, keeping in view the extreme importance given to the sector by the United Progressive Alliance government. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation was the nodal department for the overall policy, planning, funding and coordination of programmes of drinking water and sanitation in the country. Again in 2019 the ministry has been merged with Ministry of Jal Shakti.


The ministry was responsible for the implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in rural India. It got 8 million toilets constructed surpassing the target of 6 million toilets for the year 2015-16.[1]

Notable Decisions[edit]

The Ministry has requested various governmental departments to avoid the usage of plastic bottles to provide drinking water during governmental meetings etc., and instead, to make arrangements for providing drinking water that do not result in the generation of plastic waste.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Swachchh Mission Gallops in Villages". Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Circular Waste Bottled" (PDF). himachal.nic. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Plastic Bottles" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Avoiding use of bottled water during meetings" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2016.

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