|Jurisdiction||Republic of India|
In 1999, the Department of Drinking Water Supply (DDWS) was formed under Ministry of Rural Development, for focused attention on drinking water and sanitation. Later it was renamed as Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2010. In 2011, it was conferred the Ministry status, keeping in view the extreme importance given to the sector by the United Progressive Alliance government.[neutrality is disputed] The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation was the nodal department for the overall policy, planning, funding and coordination of programmes of drinking water and sanitation in the country.
The Ministry has requested various governmental departments to avoid the usage of plastic bottles to provide drinking water during governmental meetings etc., and instead, to make arrangements for providing drinking water that do not result in the generation of plastic waste.
|No||Name||Portrait||Tenure||Political Party||Prime Minister|
|12 July 2011||13 July 2011||1 day||Indian National Congress||Manmohan Singh|
|2||Jairam Ramesh||13 July 2011||28 October 2012||1 year, 107 days|
|28 October 2012||26 May 2014||1 year, 210 days|
|4||Gopinath Munde||26 May 2014||3 June 2014||8 days||Bharatiya Janata Party||Narendra Modi|
|5||Nitin Gadkari||3 June 2014||9 November 2014||159 days|
|6||Birender Singh||9 November 2014||5 July 2016||1 year, 239 days|
|7||Narendra Singh Tomar||5 July 2016||3 September 2017||1 year, 60 days|
|8||Uma Bharati||3 September 2017||30 May 2019||1 year, 269 days|
|Ministry merged with Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to form Ministry of Jal Shakti|