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Progress on achieving SDG 6

2020 Voluntary National Review

India reported as many as 81% of rural habitations now have access to 40 litres of drinking water per capita / per day (LPCD), and another 15.71% with partial access. They also reported that 96% of households have access to an improved source of drinking water, and the percentage of rural households with individual  toilets increased from 38.7% in 2014/15 to 100% in 2019. Similarly, India reported that the flagship initiative of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM or Clean India Campaign) achieved the target of making India open-defecation-free by constructing over 109 million household and community toilets since October 2014 in 603,175 villages in 706 districts across the country. 

Going forward, India aims to supply every rural household with piped water at the rate of 55 LPCD by 2024 under the recently launched Jal Jeevan Mission (Water as Life Mission). It is reported that this flagship programme aims to reduce the travails of rural women of travelling long distances for water. Additionally, a new and unified ministry, the Ministry of Jal Shakti, has been constituted to ensure effective water governance and to comprehensively address water management challenges. India reported several other programmes that are implemented under the National River Conservation Plan to clean the country’s rivers, such as the ‘Namami Gange’, which is an Integrated Conservation Mission launched to accomplish the twin objectives of effective pollution abatement, and conservation and rejuvenation of the river Ganga. 

India has also implemented a 10 Year Rural Sanitation Strategy (2019-2029), which focuses on sustaining sanitation behavior change, ensuring that no one is left behind, and increasing access to solid and liquid waste management.  

Read the full report here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/26279VNR_2020_India_Report.pdf 

 

*The information reflected on this page has been taken directly from the official VNR received from this Member State. The information does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations. 

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