Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation

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Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation
पेयजल और स्वच्छता मंत्रालय
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Agency overview
Formed 2011
Jurisdiction Republic of India
Ministers responsible

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is a ministry of the Government of India.

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 is the nodal department for the overall policy, planning, funding and coordination of programmes of drinking water and sanitation in the country.


The ministry is 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]


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