1.14 Crore Indians At Risk From Excess Fluoride In Drinking Water

10,000 Anganwadis In Gujarat Lack Toilets, Drinking Water
Nearly 14,000 habitations in 17 states reported to have excess fluoride in drinking water sources

Nearly 14,000 habitations in 17 states reported to have excess fluoride in drinking water sources, affecting more than 1.14 crore people, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

According to the World Health Organisation, ingestion of excess fluoride, most commonly in drinking-water, can cause fluorosis which affects the teeth and bones.

Moderate amounts lead to dental effects, but long-term ingestion of large amounts can lead to potentially severe skeletal problems, WHO says.

At 6,855, the maximum cases have been reported from Rajasthan, followed by 1,087 cases from Bihar, 1,065 from Karnataka and 1,064 from West Bengal, Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

“As on July 20, the problem of excess fluoride in rural drinking water sources is reported by 17 states in 13,949 habitations,” he said.

The minister said 1.14 crore people are at risk due to presence of excess fluoride in water.

Rural drinking water is a state subject. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation assists the states in providing safe drinking water in rural areas through centrally sponsored National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP).

As per the plan of the Ministry, 90 per cent of the rural population would be provided with safe drinking water by 2020 through surface water based piped supply schemes, he said.

In a separate reply, the minister said that during 2015-16, an amount of Rs 4,268.58 crore has been provided to the states under NRDWP. While in 2016-17, Rs 1986.66 crore has been released to the states in first instalment in April-May.


  1. I’m impressed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter
    a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you’ve
    hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue
    that not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I came across this during my hunt for something regarding this.

  2. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this superb blog!
    I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I look forward to new updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!

  3. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your blog.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme?
    Great work!

  4. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who
    has been doing a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch due to
    the fact that I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to
    reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for
    spending the time to discuss this matter here on your site.

  5. Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We
    are a team of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a
    community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to
    work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

  6. Hello, Neat post. There’s a problem with your website in internet explorer,
    might check this? IE nonetheless is the market chief and a huge portion of folks
    will omit your wonderful writing because of this problem.

  7. Hey this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get
    advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

  8. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.

    Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  9. Just want to say your article is as surprising.

    The clearness to your put up is simply excellent and that i could assume you’re an expert
    in this subject. Well along with your permission allow me to snatch your RSS feed to keep up to date with approaching post.
    Thank you a million and please keep up the gratifying work.

  10. Hi there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted
    to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading your
    blog posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics?

    Thanks for your time!

  11. Having read this I believed it was really enlightening.

    I appreciate you finding the time and effort to
    put this short article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both
    reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  12. Very good blog you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew
    of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed in this article?
    I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get suggestions from other knowledgeable individuals that
    share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

  13. Please also carry article on how many Indians die in a year because of Garbage burning. This is a highly neglected topic.
    All the villagers, small towns, tier 3 cities people burn the garbage instead of disposing off into the garbage bins or garbage collecting vehicles. This is a serious issue. Please carry article on “Garbage burning”

Comments are closed.