Ensure supply of potable drinking water across country, NHRC
India Times - March 29, 2021
NEW DELHI - The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) asked the Union ministry of Jal Shakti to constitute a committee to look into the supply of potable drinking water to all the citizens of India.
Radhakanta Tripathy, a Supreme Court advocate and social activist, in his plea before the NHRC raised the issue of fluorosis, water-borne diseases caused due to excessive fluoride in drinking water, which is not only a medical problem but a socio-economic issue. “A person affected by it becomes weak and his earning capacity goes down. The issue of fluorosis is not confined to just one part of India,” said Tripathy.
Looking into the significance of the issue involved, the Commission had directed the Secretary, Water Resources of Union, States and Union Territories, Secretary, Science and Technology, Government of India, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Director General, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), to submit their response on the subject.
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