KATHMANDU, Sept 26: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security and Acting Minister for Water Supplies, Sharat Singh Bhandari, has said the government is aware of its responsibility to ensure the citizens’ access to clean and pure drinking water, a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution.
In his address to a National Conclave on Joint Sector Review in Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Kathmandu today, the minister said collective efforts are essential to address the people's basic needs such as access to clean drinking water and hygiene.
Citizens’ access to drinking water and sanitation is itself a multi-dimensional issue, he said, underlining the need for improvements in its interrelated areas as well.
He hoped that the Conference would give a roadmap for achieving goals in the relevant sector.
The minister said that if special actions could be taken in the sector concerning the sustainable development goals as well, it would greatly contribute to building an equitable society. He also insisted on addressing the issue of declining groundwater level in the Chure region.