Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has said, the state governments should follow the minimum standards laid down by the World Health Organisation, WHO for supply of piped water.
Speaking to media after the meeting of Central Consumer Protection Council, CCPC in New Delhi today, Mr Paswan underscored the importance of clean water access to the poor. He said, everyone should have access to clean water. He said, in big cities, there is no piped water supply to the poor.
The Minister said, besides piped water, there are concerns about quality of bottled water and a report submitted by a government panel has found some companies involved in adulteration.
He said, his Ministry will take action against companies after examining the report. Mr Paswan said, the government has strengthened consumer helplines even at regional level, as a result of which, the registration of complaints have risen to 35 thousand in the last two years from 20 thousand.
Mr Paswan also informed that the Department will organize Consumer Awareness Yatra involving the States and Union Territories and the voluntary consumer organisations from 15th August to 24th December this year.
The challenges in combating adulteration among others issues like imposition of service charges by HOTELS and restaurants, awareness on wastage of food, legal metrology activities were discussed in the CCPC meeting.