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Only 26% of rural toilets use twin-leach pits, finds survey -Varun B Krishnan & Priscilla Jebaraj

twin-pit latrines, which would create valuable farm manure from human excreta. “Shauchalaya ka ashirvad,” proclaims Mr. Kumar in the advertisement produced by the Centre’s flagship sanitation scheme Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. This month, with the scheme claiming to be on the verge of completing toilet construction for all rural households, a government-commissioned survey shows that just over a quarter of rural toilets use this twin-

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Prof. Guy Standing, economist at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (Livemint.com)

dishonest. The evidence shows that even with a small basic income of ?300 per person (per month), the income of the community goes up. Health status of children improves due to higher investments in sanitation, which leads to lower public spending on health. Basic income also helps children attend schools more regularly... families can pay for shoes, for the bus which girls take to local secondary schools, and attendance rates go up since they had br

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Arvind Kejriwal flags off 200 sewer cleaning machines

ntrepreneurs’, officials said. “It is a historic day for Delhi to start this initiative and ensuring safety and dignity of human life. These machines will put an end to the practice of sanitation workers entering manholes and septic tanks for cleaning,” Kejriwal said. He said the Delhi Jal Board and its officers had developed the technology and were able to provide this technology -- small sewer cleaning vehicles fitted with ma

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Is the Modi Government Truly Committed to Rural Development? -Bharat Dogra

-TheWire.in Declining budget allocation and actual expenditure on schemes geared towards agriculture, sanitation and housing have brought the government's seriousness to the cause of rural welfare under suspicion. Direct benefit transfer has dominated the majority of the discussion on the Interim Budget in the context of agriculture. However, in order to properly understand the seriousness of the government to the cause of farmers and related

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Modi Pays Tribute to sanitation Workers After Five Years of Ignoring Them -Rejimon K

e was set aside for the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis and in 2017-18, it was Rs 4.5 crore. In a December 2018 Lok Sabha session, minister of state in the Ministry Of Drinking Water and sanitation, Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi, had said that the socio-economic and caste census of 2011 had identified 1,80,657 households as dependent on manual scavengers across India. In a bid to rehabilitate the identified manual scavengers and their de

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As new cases rise, leprosy in spotlight -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

ihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra remain the ‘hotspots’ from which maximum prevalence was detected last year. High population density, poor sanitation and inadequate access to nutrition are among the reasons for the number remaining high. The Centre says a more aggressive detection campaign is being carried out, explaining the numbers. The Leprosy Case Detection Campaign has shown that 34,

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Plugging the design gaps in ICDS for all children -Dipa Sinha

ightly recognises that the multidimensional determinants of undernutrition are inadequately reflected in policymaking. It argues that there must be convergent action with annual health, nutrition and sanitation plans being made in an integrated manner for all districts. In the case of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), which is the main programmatic platform through which nutrition outcomes are to be achieved, the report finds that its focu

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Basic income works and works well -Guy Standing

nce from UNICEF and the UNDP. The outcomes exceeded expectations, partly because everybody in the community, and not just select people, received their own individual transfer. Nutrition improved, sanitation improved, health and health care improved, school attendance and performance improved, women’s status and well-being improved, the position of the disabled and vulnerable groups improved by more than others. And the amount and quality of

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

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 central gover

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Young and wasted -TK Rajalakshmi

ing itself was a function partly of the ignorance of its benefits and also an outcome of the malnourished status of the mother. The report also mentions other determinants such as access to water, sanitation, hygiene, income, education and quality health services as mitigating or contributing to malnourishment. It falls short of advocating better income distributive policies though there are sufficient indications in the report of a link between po

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