Kathmandu, June 29: Stress has been laid on cooperation among the authorities concerned to meet the target of ensuring drinking water and sanitation facilities to hundred per cent population by 2017 AD.
At an interaction programme organised by the Drinking Water and Sanitation Consumers’ Federation, the participants demand guarantee of supply of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to all. They spoke of the need of cooperation among all the authorities concerned for the same.
Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation, Prem Bahadur Singh said Nepal’s constitution recognises people’s access to safe drinking water as their fundamental right and insisted on cooperation among all to get this right ensured.
Advocates Basanta Adhikari and Tilak Adhikari presented a working paper on ‘ Drinking Water and Sanitation Draft Bill’. The bill is silent regarding the problems of those people who are not even in the condition of affording the cost to install a tap and construct a toilet.
Commenting over the paper, Kabindra Bikram Karki on behalf of the Department of Drinking Water stressed that people’s voices and concerns should always be the priority of the state.
According to the government data, 76.6 percent people have an access to basic drinking water facilities. The government earlier introduced the Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Strategic Action Plan- 2060 BS with a target of ensuring hundred per cent people’s accessibility to drinking water and sanitation facilities.
Lack of safe drinking water and sanitation is still the main cause of 72 per cent of child and adult diseases in Nepal. RSS