Centre to launch National Programme to prevent fluorosis

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New Delhi, Nov 30 (UNI) A new Centrally Sponsored Scheme entitled 'National Programme for Prevention and Control of Fluorosis' has been prepared for the Eleventh Five Year Plan with a budget provision of Rs. 68 crore to check florosis in 19 states.

Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that the Planning Commission has approved the scheme in principle and a token provision of Rs 1 crore has been made for the year 2007-08 in order to prevent and control fluorosis.

Based on the fluorine content of the drinking water in the country, fluorosis is a problem in 19 States, which are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Orissa, Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam, Delhi, Jammu&Kashmir, Jharkhand&Chhattisgarh.

According to the WHO sponsored project carried out by Regional Occupational Health Centre (ICMR), Kolkata, six million people across nine districts of West Bengal were exposed to arsenic contaminated water.

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