Rajasthan constitutes 10 per cent land mass of the country but only has 1.1 per cent surface water making it almost completely dependent on ground water. What’s worse is that only 10 per cent of wells have water that is safe for drinking owing to dangerously high fluoride levels.
On an average, a Rajasthani woman walks more than 14,000 km a year just to fetch water! Women spend most of their time collecting water leaving them no time for anything else. The state holds the dubious distinction of having the highest difference in male-female literacy at 28% against the national average of 16.7%.