Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation
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Agency overview
DissolvedMay 2019[1]
JurisdictionGovernment of India

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation was a ministry of the Government of India formed in 2011. From May 2019, the ministry has been merged with the Ministry of Jal Shakti.[1]

In 1999, the Department of Drinking Water Supply (DDWS) was formed under Ministry of Rural Development, for focused attention on drinking water and sanitation. Later it was renamed as Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2010. In 2011, it was conferred the Ministry status, keeping in view the extreme importance given to the sector by the United Progressive Alliance government.[neutrality is disputed] The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation was the nodal department for the overall policy, planning, funding and coordination of programmes of drinking water and sanitation in the country.


The ministry was responsible for the implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in rural India. It got 8 million toilets constructed surpassing the target of 6 million toilets for the year 2015–16.[2]

Notable decisions

The Ministry has requested various governmental departments to avoid the usage of plastic bottles to provide drinking water during governmental meetings etc., and instead, to make arrangements for providing drinking water that do not result in the generation of plastic waste.[3][4][5]


No Name Portrait Tenure Political Party Prime Minister
1 Gurudas Kamat

(Independent Charge)

Gurudas Kamat New Delhi on November 15, 2010.jpg
12 July 2011 13 July 2011 1 day Indian National Congress Manmohan Singh
2 Jairam Ramesh
Jairam ramesh.jpg
13 July 2011 28 October 2012 1 year, 107 days
3 Bharatsinh Solanki

(Independent Charge)

The Minister of State of Power, Shri Bharatsinh Solanki addressing the Conference of Power Ministers of States and UTs, in New Delhi on April 28, 2010.jpg
28 October 2012 26 May 2014 1 year, 210 days
4 Gopinath Munde 26 May 2014 3 June 2014 8 days Bharatiya Janata Party Narendra Modi
5 Nitin Gadkari
Nitin Gadkari 1 (cropped).JPG
3 June 2014 9 November 2014 159 days
6 Birender Singh
The Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation (7).jpg
9 November 2014 5 July 2016 1 year, 239 days
7 Narendra Singh Tomar
Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water & Sanitation and Urban Development (cropped).jpg
5 July 2016 3 September 2017 1 year, 60 days
8 Uma Bharati
Uma Bharati in 2014.jpg
3 September 2017 30 May 2019 1 year, 269 days
Ministry merged with Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to form Ministry of Jal Shakti


  1. ^ a b "Govt forms 'Jal Shakti' Ministry by merging Water Resources and Drinking Water Ministries". Business Standard. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Swachchh Mission Gallops in Villages". Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Circular Waste Bottled" (PDF). himachal.nic. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Plastic Bottles" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Avoiding use of bottled water during meetings" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2016.