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  • India refutes reports that question efforts on sanitation, water

    Two recent reports with adverse comments on the Centre's ambitious Swachch Bharat Mission (SBM) have raked up a controversy that refuses to die despite a stern rejection by the Union Government.

    Experts say the reports have projected a somewhat distorted picture of the state of sanitation and water access in India.


  • Centre approves national rural drinking water scheme restructuring

    The Union Cabinet has given its approval for restructuring of the NRDWP to make it competitive and outcome-based even as the Centrae said funds under the programme will be allocated on basis of performance of states.

    The NRDWP has been restructured with an increased focus on sustainability of schemes to ensure good quality service delivery to the rural population.


  • India needs localised water management approach: President

    President Ram Nath Kovind has called for adopting a localised water management approach that empowers village and neighbourhood communities and builds their capacity to manage, allocate and value water resources.

    Stating that better and more efficient use of water is a challenge for Indian agriculture and industry alike, the President said a new set of benchmarks need to be set at the villages as well as the cities being built.


  • Cabinet reshuffle: Bharti divested of Water Resources Ministry

    In a Cabinet expansion-cum-reshuffle exercise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has divested Uma Bharti of the Union Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry and allocated the same to Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari.

    Bharti, who had been spearheading some of the Centre's flagship programmes including the ambitious Namami Gange and river inter-linking schemes, has been made the Union Drinking Water & Sanitation Minister.


  • Namami Gange: Another eight STP projects for UP, WB, Bihar approved

    Continuing its approval process for sewage treatment infrastructure projects along the Ganga, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has given the go-ahead to eight such projects spread across Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

    Along with a project on river front development and a Ganga Knowledge Centre, the projects envisage an investment of about Rs 2033 crore. Some of the projects will be taken up under the hybrid annuity-based public private partnership (PPP) model.



The successes in Greece and Indonesia demonstrate civil society wants to keep water in public hands. And yet the World Bank continues its dogmatic promotion of privatization.


Degrees of Thirst: The World’s Water Supply

It’s no secret that there is a water crisis in many developing countries around the world. Many people everyday go without clean water. More people have access to a mobile phone than they do to a toilet.