Madhya Pradesh Has The Highest Number Of Tribal Habitations In The Country

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has informed that under the Scheme ‘National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), 10% of the total allocation of funds is earmarked to be used for the supply of drinking water to Scheduled Tribe (ST) dominated habitations. States have been directed to take special care for implementation of its scheme / programme in tribal areas and progress thereof is monitored through online integrated management information system (IMIS) of MDWS.

In the year 2012-13 and 20 l 3-14, with the assistance of National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) from the Ministry of Finance and NRDWP, I 1,000 Nos. of solar power based dual pump schemes have been installed in Left Wing Extremist / Naxal Affected States with a view to make available safe drinking water to small rural tribal habitations in these areas through taps. In the year 2015-16, another 5004 Nos. of solar power based dual pump schemes have been installed across the country with funding from NRDWP and assistance from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

As per the re-structured NRDWP guidelines, the focus is mainly on providing piped water supply to rural population eventually by 2030 to honour the commitment made by the country in the international forum while agreeing for United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), 2030 in respect of all rural areas of the country including tribal habitations.

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