Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his poll campaign, had promised to integrate all ministries that look after water-related issues into one ministry. The BJP had also promised to provide clean drinking water to all households in the country.
He said in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha, the coverage of clean drinking water is less than five per cent.
Shekhawat held discussions with officials and ministers from several states looking after water-related issues.
He said an emphasis will also be made on water conservation, citing the widening gap between water supply and demand.
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