As a part of the observance of the National Rural Drinking Water Awareness Week ((NRDWAW)) in Tripura, a state level mass rally was organised in Agartala on February 20, reported tripurainfoway.com. This year, the NRDWAW is to be observed from February 20 to 25 throughout the country. Generally, the observance includes the events like rallies, marathons, workshops, projects, street plays, banners, placards or stickers for creating awareness to conserve water and adopt the safe drinking water practices in rural areas.
Goverment of India (GOI) has been implementing the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) to provide for the provision of safe drinking water is a basic necessity in the rural areas of the country. However, GOI thinks thar the rural drinking water supply is a State subject and has been included in the Eleventh Schedule of the Constitution of India, among the subjects that may be entrusted to Panchayats by the States.
To accelerate the pace of coverage of problem villages with respect to provision of drinking water, the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP) was launched in 1972–73 by the GOI to support States with financial and technical assistance in implementing drinking water supply schemes in such villages. ARWSP has the objectives like moving forward from achieving habitation level coverage towards household level drinking water coverage; reducing the dependence on single drinking water source to multiple sources; popularising rainwater harvesting; encouraging water conservation methods including revival of traditional water bodies; Convergence of all water conservation programmes at the village level; ensuring household level drinking water security through water budgeting and preparation of village water security plans and many more.