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Why much of India lacks Access to Safe Drinking Water, despite an ambitious government project -Shreehari Paliath

ugust, the CAG found that the National Rural Drinking Water Programme had failed to meet its targets. More than 163 million Indians – higher than the population of Russia – do not have Access to Safe Drinking Water, and the National Rural Drinking Water Programme, despite spending 90% of Rs 89,956 crore budget over five years to 2017, has “failed” its targets, according to an August 2018 report from the government’s au

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Poverty in all its faces -C Rangarajan & S Mahendra Dev

es that provide the requisite information at reasonably short intervals. These need to be considered and evaluated carefully. Aggregation is another problem. In principle, they should be independent. Access to Safe Drinking Water, for example, cannot be aggregated with indicators like child mortality. Even in respect of independent indicators, analytically appropriate rules of aggregation require that all of them relate to the same household. More gen

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CAG picks holes in rural drinking water programme

In its audit report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said only 44 per cent of rural habitations, 85 per cent of schools and anganwadis were provided with Access to Safe Drinking Water during 2012-17 when the target was to achieve 100 per cent. Similarly, only 18 per cent of rural population was provided with potable drinking water (55 litre per capita per day- lpcd) by piped water supply when the target

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Recharge groundwater to keep taps flowing, say experts -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

extraction. Once the water in each district or block is known, a plan can be chalked to regulate usage for all purposes. A recent report by WaterAid shows India has more numbers living without Access to Safe Drinking Water than economically poorer African nations such as Nigeria, Ethiopia and Congo. Nearly 140,000 children die every year in the country due to diarrhoea.

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Small leap forward in child health -Jean Drèze

h faster progress is required if India is to overcome this colossal problem in a reasonable period of time. Finally, there are worrying signs of stagnation in some important fields. One of them is Access to Safe Drinking Water: 88 per cent in 2005-06 and 91 per cent in 2013-14. The shortfall from universal coverage may not look large, but considering the vital importance of safe water, it is alarming that close to 10 per cent of households are stil

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Chuck the BPL card -Mihir Shah

What the SECC helps us understand is that even if the figure of people below the consumption poverty line were to fall to zero, removing poverty in India will remain a challenge till every Indian has Access to Safe Drinking Water, sanitation, housing, nutrition, health and education. The crucial question then is: How will the government use the SECC data? It is to be sincerely hoped that the SECC will not be used to arbitrarily reduce, for example,

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Half of rural India needs help -Basant Kumar Mohanty

According to the 2011-12 price index, to remain outside the poverty line, a family of five is expected to spend Rs 4,860 a month on food and non-food items like clothing and education and have Access to Safe Drinking Water in rural areas. It's Rs 7,035 for urban areas. However, criticised for estimating poverty on the basis of consumption-based criteria, the then UPA government decided to do away with the BPL and non-BPL yardsticks f

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India leads the world’s failure story in eradicating open defecation, malnutrition -Kundan Pandey

-Down to Earth New WHO-UNICEF report warns that lack of progress on sanitation would undermine gains from Access to Safe Drinking Water India has achieved very little in the last 20 years when it comes to eradicating open defecation. Also, India is one among two countries (along with Namibia) which have the largest gap between their richest and poorest people in terms of facilities for open defecation. These facts were highlighted in a repo

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India way behind on WHO health targets

nd women since 1990. “By the end of this year if current trends continue, the world will have met global targets for turning around the epidemics of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis and increasing Access to Safe Drinking Water. It will also have made substantial progress in reducing child undernutrition, maternal and child deaths, and increasing access to basic sanitation,” the report says. Infant mortality Progress in child survival wo

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Protein intake in India dips 10%; oil, fat consumption up -Sushmi Dey

National Science Academy (INSA), micronutrient deficiency has a complex aetiology. "Besides poor diet (due to poverty, ignorance, low agricultural productivity, and cultural factors); inadequate Access to Safe Drinking Water, clean disease-free environment, and health- care outreach also contribute," said the report titled 'Micro-nutrient Security for India- Priorities for Research and Action'. It added, infections result in loss of appet

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