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Quick Edit | Declining the seat

Quick Edit | Declining the seat
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First Published: Tue, Jul 12 2011. 11 32 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jul 12 2011. 11 32 PM IST
One sign of development in any country is access to drinking water, 24x7, and good sanitation infrastructure. India, despite its legitimate claim to being one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, is yet to get there. Inadequate planning, some experts said, was the problem. Others claimed it was lack of capital that was to blame. And still others attributed this to the country’s huge population (1.2 billion). Now, the secret is out: water and sanitation issues continue to plague India because politicians think these are insignificant. What else can explain the reluctance of Gurudas Kamat to accept the drinking water and sanitation portfolio in Tuesday’s cabinet shuffle? Instead, the man resigned and said he wants to work for the party. Here’s hoping the Congress accepts his offer and assigns him to a part of the country that doesn’t have enough water or modern toilets.
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First Published: Tue, Jul 12 2011. 11 32 PM IST