No supply of drinking water for two years
The reply to an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that around 4, 000 saltpan workers in the Little Rann of Kutch in Patan district of Gujarat have not received any supply of drinking water for the past two years.
The reply shows that Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board (GWSSB) had stopped providing drinking water through tankers two years back. Later, in 2011-12, Rs 25.48 lakh were allocated by the government to provide drinking water in the water deficient region. But, as the reply states, no money was spent in this direction by the concerned department in the district.
Due to non-availability of water supply facility, the workers have to pay Rs 1,200 per family per month to private suppliers.