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Sanitary conditions improved in India, Govt quotes UN report

Some of the members also suggested a hike in the funds provided for construction of toilets.

PTI 06 Aug 2018, 01:33 PM India

The government today quoted a UN report to say that the sanitary conditions had improved in the country, saving the lives of lakhs of children. During the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, members had asked about the use of soak pits in toilets.

One of the members even asked about the poor sanitary conditions finding mention in a UNDP report. Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said a recent report by the UNDP had indicated improvement in the situation.

He said the cleanliness levels had shown improvement from 38 percent to 89 percent which had led to the saving of lives of as many as three lakh children.

Some of the members also suggested a hike in the funds provided for construction of toilets. To this, the minister said the Rs 12,000 provided for toilets was to encourage their construction.

He said due to these efforts 421 districts, over 4 lakh villages and 19 states had declared themselves to be open defecation free (ODF).

To another query, Minister of State Arjun Meghwal said according to a report published in 'Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 2018', 16 Indian states were reported to have a high concentration of uranium in the groundwater.

These states were Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

The minister said the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre had also tested 10,000 samples. In two percent of these, the concentration level was above the World Health Organisation standards, he said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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