New Delhi (NVI): The Government is all geared to come out with Water Quality Rankings beginning with 100 Smart Cities and all State Capitals in the next 3 months and has written to all state Chief Ministers to make drinking water Standards mandatory for tap water.
The Water Quality Rankings will be extended to all districts in 6 months, as part of efforts to make access to clean drinking water a popular movement, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said while inaugurating the celebrations of ‘World Standard Day’ here on October 14.
Paswan said that it is the right of every citizen to get clean drinking water and asserted that nobody, especially the poor people who do not have access to water filters, should fall ill or become victims of water borne diseases.
This year India is celebrating 60th ‘World Standard Day’ organized by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on the theme “Video Standards create a global stage.”
India is the fastest growing entertainment and media market globally and is expected to keep up the momentum by growing at a compounded annual growth rate of more than 11%. With this spectacular growth, media and entertainment industry in India will become a Rs. 4,51,373 crore industry by 2023.
Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of providing tap water to all households by 2024 Paswan said that BIS, which sets quality standards for piped water, has a huge role to play in this regard. The Minister talked about the quality of Delhi water and said that the Ministry is awaiting the final report of the 11 samples collected from various places in Delhi and once the report is out it will be made public.
Paswan congratulated everyone on the occasion and appreciated the efforts of all officials of BIS and said that we have some of the best laboratories in the world. The Minister encouraged that BIS must take the lead in making global standards & benchmarks and it should look for ways and means to become synonymous with trust and quality.
Paswan said that he has been closely monitoring the work of BIS in minute details and it is quite important on multiple levels but their work does not get the appreciation it rightly deserves. The Minister asked officials to suitably highlight their work and also spread more awareness among the masses about BIS and quality products.