National WASH Conclave 2022: Advancing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Panchayats (Conclave Handbook)

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A young boy washes his face with fresh water from a new tap in his slum in Delhi

The three-day virtual conclave on Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is being organised by the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad, in association with the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, UNICEF, WaterAid India and other development partners.

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu underlined the importance of basic amenities like safe drinking water and sanitation in preventing diseases and contributing towards the overall well-being of people. He cautioned that with the flattening of Covid pandemic curve, people should not lower their guard and should continue with the practice of washing hands frequently.

Addressing the National WASH Conclave-2022 after inaugurating it virtually from Raj Bhavan, Chennai, the Vice President said that children should grow up in an environment that is healthy – physically and emotionally. For this, he wanted preventive healthcare measures such as safe water, sanitation and hygienic practices to begin from anganwadis and primary schools.

Read more about the key speakers and agenda of the Conclave in the report.