Only 44% schools have drinking water
Almost half the government schools in the country will face a shortage of clean drinking water this summer
As the heat rises this summer, government-run schools in India face another crisis – the availability of clean drinking water. Only 44 % schools enjoy drinking water facilities so far.
The situation could be far worse if the private and public schools are included.
This information is contained in the ‘action taken’ report of the government on the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on Urban and Rural Development in their Thirty Second Report on Demands for Grants (2002-2003) of the Department of Drinking Water Supply.
The committee, expressing its concern at the lack of availability of drinking water in schools, urged for a structured monitoring mechanism and periodic interaction between central and state governments to take stock of the functioning of these schemes.
It said that notwithstanding the subject being a state matter, it is the obligation of the central government to ensure time-bound implementation of developmental schemes, for which huge amounts are invested every year.
In view of the impending crisis, which is likely to affect school attendance, the committee strongly recommended top priority being given to coverage of schools and that all the schools being provided drinking water at the earliest.
Source: Hindustan Times
April 16, 2003