Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation
Agency overview
Formed2011
DissolvedMay 2019[1]
JurisdictionGovernment of India
Websitewww.mdws.gov.in

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.

Responsibilities

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]

List of ministers

Cabinet Ministers

Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Gurudas Kamat
(1954–2018)
MP for Mumbai North West

(MoS, I/C)
12 July
2011
13 July
2011
1 day Indian National Congress Manmohan II Manmohan Singh
Jairam Ramesh
(born 1954)
MP for Andhra Pradesh (Rajya Sabha)
13 July
2011
28 October
2012
1 year, 107 days
Bharatsinh Solanki
(born 1953)
MP for Anand

(MoS, I/C)
28 October
2012
26 May
2014
1 year, 210 days
Gopinath Munde
(1949–2014)
MP for Beed
27 May
2014
3 June
2014
7 days Bharatiya Janata Party Modi I Narendra Modi
Nitin Gadkari
(born 1957)
MP for Nagpur
4 June
2014
9 November
2014
158 days
Birender Singh
(born 1946)
MP for Haryana (Rajya Sabha)
9 November
2014
5 July
2016
1 year, 239 days
Narendra Singh Tomar
(born 1957)
MP for Gwalior
5 July
2016
3 September
2017
1 year, 60 days
Uma Bharti
(born 1959)
MP for Jhansi
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

Ministers of State

Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister Cabinet Minister
From To Period
Upendra Kushwaha
(born 1960)
MP for Karakat
26 May
2014
9 November
2014
167 days Rashtriya Lok Samta Party Modi I Narendra Modi Gopinath Munde
Nitin Gadkari
Ram Kripal Yadav
(born 1957)
MP for Pataliputra
9 November
2014
5 July
2016
1 year, 239 days Bharatiya Janata Party Birender Singh
Ramesh Jigajinagi
(born 1952)
MP for Bijapur
5 July
2016
30 May
2019
2 years, 329 days Narendra Singh Tomar
Uma Bharti
S. S. Ahluwalia
(born 1951)
MP for Darjeeling
3 September
2017
14 May
2018
253 days
Ministry merged with Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to form Ministry of Jal Shakti

References

  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". Dailypioneer.com. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Circular Waste Bottled" (PDF). himachal.nic. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Plastic Bottles" (PDF). nbsslup.in. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Avoiding use of bottled water during meetings" (PDF). aghp.gov. Retrieved 2 September 2016.