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Energy, food and leaky pipes: How to solve India's water crisis -Ravi Purushothaman

-India Today There is an expected 40 per cent gap in the global water supply, the 2.1 billion people who lack Access to Safe Drinking Water and the fact that water has ranked in the top five risks for eight consecutive years in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report. The global water crisis is not a new story. Every year, I review statistics which are becoming all too familiar: an expected...

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

-India Spend/ Scroll.in In August, 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...

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

-The Indian Express Growth can alleviate poverty but its definition needs to expand to make any tangible difference on the ground. Amidst the din caused by the story of rising billionaires, the message on India’s poverty decline in the recent report of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has been lost. UNDP and Oxford University released the report on Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2018. This report covers 105 countries. The...

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CAG picks holes in rural drinking water programme

-IANS New Delhi: The CAG has picked several holes in the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) saying lack of planning and funds management resulted in incomplete works for providing safe drinking water to rural habitations, schools and anganwadis. 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...

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

-Business Standard India should invest in mapping the country's aquifers and take steps to aid groundwater recharge to check a looming water crisis, experts said. With 40 per cent of the country under the impact of consecutive failed monsoons, water rationing could become a norm in many parts of the country in the coming summer, they warned. According to a recent Central Water Commission report, water levels in the Maharashtra reservoirs are 58...

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