National Rural Drinking Water Programme

National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with 50: 50 fund sharing between the Centre and the States.

  • It was started in 2009, with a major emphasis on ensuring sustainability (source) of water availability in terms of potability, adequacy, convenience, affordability and equity.
  • The aim and objective of the NRDWP is to provide every rural person with adequate safe water for drinking, cooking and other basic domestic needs on a sustainable basis, with a minimum water quality standard, which should be conveniently accessible at all times and in all situations.
  • Achieving this aim and objective is a continuous process.

Why in news?

  • The Union Cabinet has accorded its approval for continuation and restructuring of National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP).
  • The move is aimed to make NRDWP outcome-based, competitive and better monitored with increased focus on sustainability (functionality) of schemes to ensure good quality service delivery to the rural population.
  • The programme will cover all the Rural Population across the country.
  • The restructuring will make the programme flexible, result-oriented, competitive, and will enable the Ministry towards to reach the goal of increasing coverage of sustainable Piped Water Supply.



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