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Less than 45 per cent of households use clean fuel for cooking in five states, including Bihar and West Bengal, the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS) has revealed.
According to the data, the five states where less than 45 per cent households use clean fuel for cooking are Assam (42.1 per cent), Bihar (37.8 per cent), Meghalaya (33.7 per cent), Nagaland (43 per cent) and West Bengal (40.2 per cent).
The survey covered 17 states and five union territories.
The NFHS-5 (2019-20) was conducted in 6.1 lakh sample households to collect information on population, health, family planning, and nutrition-related indicators from the 22 states and union territories.
According to the data, over 80 per cent of households use clean fuels in Andhra Pradesh (83.6 per cent), Goa (96.5 per cent), Mizoram (83.8 per cent) and Telangana (91.8 per cent). Electricity, LPG or natural gas and biogas are considered as a clean fuel in the survey.
The survey also showed that the use of clean fuel increased in all the 22 surveyed states and UTs in comparison to NFHS-4 (2015-16).
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)