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  • Water is a precious natural resource that ensures human well-being. However, across the globe there is a severe water crisis, which is heightened by issues of inaccessibility and contamination. “The right to water and sanitation is a human right equal to all other human rights, which implies that ...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 months 2 weeks agoread more
  • Developments in geographical information systems (GIS) in India, both in policy and law, have thus far empowered to a greater extent government and business at national and regional level. The real challenge in this sector is to extend this technology to local communities for self-governance and to ...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 months 2 weeks agoread more
  • Disasters have the ability to disrupt everyday life. However, it is not often that we probe about what constitutes a disaster? How do we define it? Well, a disaster varies in definition for different agencies. As professionals, we have found various answers to what constitutes a disaster and its typ...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • An inspiration called Kumbharwadi in the rain-shadow region of Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra is one of the many successful stories of water stressed villages that were transformed by Paani Ka Teeka’s knowledge partner – Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), a Pune based non-profit. Kumbharw...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • World Water Development Report 2020: Tropical countries to be worst hit by water stress According to the World Water Development Report 2020 released by the United Nations (UN) on March 22, World Water Day, nearly 52 percent of the world population will be living in water-stressed regions by 2050 a...
    Swati Bansalposted 3 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • Centre to finalise National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs is in the process of finalising the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP), which has been public for over a year and is now under the final stages of extensive consultations wi...
    Swati Bansalposted 3 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • Climate change and water scarcity in India The world is today facing an unprecedented water crisis, both in access and availability. Cape Town in South Africa reached ‘day zero’ water status in 2018. India, according to the NITI Aayog, is facing the worst water crisis in its history, with an es...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 3 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • In the wake of a scandal revealing that the World Bank may have suppressed knowledge of money for the poor being siphoned off by elites, all eyes are on the Bank to see whether its commitments to the poor hold water. Now, the Bank has a chance to demonstrate its commitment to vulnerable co...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • Water insufficiency is a challenging problem globally with 1 in 10 people lacking a basic water pump or covered well close to home. There are currently 98 million people - 7% of the population - in India who do not even have a basic water pump or covered well close to home, which is making it much h...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • The worst and most inhumane form of discrimination and untouchability is seen when it comes to water. Even today, many villages have a different source of water allotted for Dalits. Many a times, upper caste men and women forbid Dalit women from touching the public source of water fearing the source...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • This month has been seeing a different kind of a scare world over, that of the deadly corona virus pandemic that has been spreading rapidly, infecting people and leading to a rising number of deaths in numerous countries. India too is in the line of fire with the total number of active COVID-2019 ca...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 3 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • Efforts are underway by both state and central governments to improve access to safe and adequate drinking water to people, and nationally, as on 31 December 2018, 79% of rural habitations had been covered at 40 litres per capita per day (lpcd) but only 47% at 55 lpcd. Yet, in spite of the big push ...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • With the rise in frequency and intensity of unexpected disasters, the need for effective communication technologies such as the use of social and mobile tools seems to be growing for responding to disaster situations in emergency, rescue and relief efforts. COVID-19 has been declared as ‘notified ...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 months 4 weeks agoread more
  • Nitrogen pollution of water can lead to severe consequences not only for the environment, but also to human health. Current evidence shows that nitrogen pollution of water is on the rise not only in developing, but also in developed countries. A World Bank Policy Research Working Paper titled 'The ...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 4 months 11 hours agoread more
  • Millions of Indian women can take up to six trips a day to gather and transport water, which takes up a major part of their day. During scorching summers when many sources dry up, their drudgery gets even worse. Stories of girls dropping out of school to share the burden of carrying water are also n...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 4 months 2 days agoread more
  • DDWS orders states to open up water testing laboratories to the public The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS) has directed the states to open up water testing laboratories to the public, in order to empower people to be able to ascertain the quality of water being provided. The move...
    Swati Bansalposted 4 months 4 days agoread more
  • 30 districts in Delhi-NCR had contaminated groundwater in 2019: Water Minister As per the data presented by the Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in the Rajya Sabha, at least 30 districts in the National Capital Region, which includes parts of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh apart f...
    Swati Bansalposted 4 months 4 days agoread more
  • Women, major contributors in agriculture and irrigation Women constitute a major workforce in agriculture with 75 percent of them, as compared to 59 percent men, working in the agricultural sector in India. Barring ploughing, a major share of agricultural work such as paddy transplanting, weeding, ...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 4 months 6 days agoread more
  • Historically, water is a gendered burden, with women being the primary caregivers responsible for cooking, washing and cleaning chores in the house and in modern times in institutions (teachers, anganwadi and healthcare workers). Women have traditionally been associated with various w...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 4 months 1 week agoread more
  • The Government of India has passed a draft notification to bar membrane based systems such as Reverse Osmosis (RO) to be used as domestic purifiers in cities where the tap water is safe according to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) norms. This is to comply with an order of the National Green Tri...
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Additional Rs 40,000 crore allocated to MGNREGA

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Nearly 260 million Indian could be pushed to poverty due to Covid-19: Researchers

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More than fifty organisations in Maharashtra have come together to tackle the coronavirus pandemic with a special focus on WASH, shelter, migration and social sector recovery

Providing community toilet managers with safety equipmentEven as I sat down to write this the Jeevan Raths have rolled out and are serving migrants essentials - food, water and sanitary napkins  in two hotspots for migrant movement in Mumbai Metropolitan region - the Dahisar check naka , and Andheri to Borivali.

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There is a need to rethink our disaster management policies and the top-down approach that it follows.

With an attempt to contain the spread of deadly Covid-19, Indian government had announced a complete nation-wide lockdown from March 25 onwards. For the first time, the provisions of the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, were invoked since the law came into being after the 2004 tsunami. The National Executive Committee of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued guidelines for these 21 days – the first phase of the lockdown. In the third phase, the lockdown had been extended till May 17.

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Issues in groundwater management and recharge have been dealt with in a series of booklets as a part of the MARVI project.

The ‘Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Village-level Intervention’ (MARVI) project is being undertaken since February 2012 with the overall aim to improve the security of irrigation water supplies and enhance livelihood opportunities for rural communities in India.

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In addition to improving WASH facilities, changing WASH behaviour at a young age can go a long way in coping with infectious diseases like Covid-19 in the future!

Citizens Association for Child Rights (CACR) works with municipal schools in Mumbai with a focus on WASH and menstrual hygiene management and even a digital literacy programme. It is a  development partner of UNICEF Maharashtra and implementation partner of Tata Trusts Mumbai.

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A study conducted in 47 districts indicates that over half of the surveyed households are eating less during lockdown.

The study, ‘Covid-19 induced lockdown - How is hinterland coping’, based on a large survey undertaken by a consortium of civil society organisations undertook a rapid assessment of the impact of series of lockdowns on rural poor households. Of the many coping mechanisms, the most prominent was that over 50 percent of households in rural India have reduced the number of meals, while about 68 percent have reduced the number of food items in the meal ever since the lockdown was imposed.

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Interventions that increase dependencies and use of local resources to resolve challenges locally can help increase resilience of farmers.

Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed multiple challenges in different geographies, especially for the vulnerable groups living in areas that already have existing issues of water and food security. India Natural Resource Economics and Management (INREM) Foundation has worked in such areas for many years to resolve challenges around water contamination by strengthening governance systems and raising awareness.

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Water storage level 76 percent more than last year: CWC

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Jharkhand government launches three schemes to revive rural economy under the MGNREGA

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