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Time-bound plan needed to address contaminated water -Mayank Aggarwal

oundwater in over 25,000 habitations across India is contaminated with excess arsenic and fluoride levels. To address the issue, a parliamentary committee has now asked the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) to devise a time-bound plan to achieve the target of supplying clean drinking water to the contaminated areas. In India, 15,811 habitations are affected by arsenic and 9,660 habitations are affected by fluoride, said the cen

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Himachal, Kerala and TN top development index

uperior performance in providing good health, reducing hunger, achieving gender equality and providing quality education,” the report said. “Himachal Pradesh ranks high on providing clean Water and Sanitation, in reducing inequalities and preserving the mountain ecosystem.” Please click here to read more.

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The 'c' in Swachh Bharat is caste and Modi needs to address it -Pritha Chatterjee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi frequently tweets appreciation for on-ground workers of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA). One such widely shared post was an image of the secretary in the ministry of drinking Water and Sanitation, Parameswaran Iyer, going down a double-pit toilet in a rural home and cleaning it. He was lauded because he“did not even use gloves”. Meanwhile, thousands of sanitary workers and manual scavengers continue to go down s

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Arvind Subramanian, outgoing Chief Economic Adviser to the Ministry of Finance, interviewed by TCA Sharad Raghavan (The Hindu)

ons? I think it is an absolute no-brainer in terms of being necessary. But then whether that alone will be enough is not clear. Take for example, Parameswaran Iyer (Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation) who has come in, I think that he’s done a very good job. The point is, you have to have some basic premises or assumptions. If you think for the government to improve state capacity for the delivery of everything, that there is

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Finding sensible solutions to sanitary waste -Nahla Nainar

to European countries based on feedback from Auroville’s multinational residents, but has since diversified into rural MHM programmes within India, especially in Tamil Nadu. A Tiruchi-based Water and Sanitation NGO, Gramalaya, has come up with its own version of the reusable cloth pad that it distributes and sells under the ‘Feel Free’ brand. “Though we have been in public sanitation for 31 years, we realised that adoles

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Poo to power: Rural entrepreneurs power Centre's 'gobar-dhan' scheme -Dipak K Dash

ats, self help groups (SHGs) and bulk generators like gaushalas. Officials say government will provide 25% advance amount as incentive for panchayats and SGHs. The scheme was launched by drinking Water and Sanitation minister Uma Bharti on Monday. Aditya said they initially set up a fertiliser plant close to their industrial units to manage the huge quantities of cattle dung from local 'gaushalas'. His father was in the managing committee of t

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Most number of MPs/ MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech are from Uttar Pradesh

ruddin Ajmal (AIUDF) have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves. * Union Minister with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: Ms Uma Bharti, Union Cabinet Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation has declared cases related to Hate Speech against herself. * State Ministers with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: There are 8 State ministers who have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves.   * Re

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Chhattisgarh: Maoist-hit areas don't have toilets, but get the ODF tag -Dipankar Ghose

ably the worst Maoist-affected districts in the country, with large swathes of land out of government reach, were declared open defecation free (ODF). On January 4, Param Iyer, Secretary, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India, even congratulated the Bijapur and Sukma districts for the achievement on Twitter. He had congratulated Dantewada and Kondagaon on December 22. Mangal Ram says that far from a toilet, he has never seen an offi

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Drinking water projects 'by & for the people' soon in 6 states -Dipak K Dash

Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. The project will involve locals in civil work and maintenance of the system. Piloted as a "by the people, for the people, of the people" project, the drinking Water and Sanitation ministry will pay 90% of the cost and the panchayat concerned will bear the remaining 10%. It will be extended to all 115 backward districts identified by Niti Aayog. The first two pilots will start in Uttarakhand (this month) and in

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