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  • Budget 2018-19: Water Resources Ministry gets Rs 2000 crore hike

    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has increased the allocation for the Water Resources Ministry by nearly Rs 2000 crore to Rs 8860 crore in the Union Budget 2018-19.

    Most of the funds are expected to be used for expansion in irrigation infrastructure to allow more farmers to move away from traditional methods of farming and bring in higher water use efficiency in the agriculture sector. The ongoing Ganga rejuvenation programmes are also expected to benefit from the higher budgetary allocation to the Ministry.


  • India, US, Africa face high river flood risks in coming years

    Several parts of India and Africa, along with the US, Indonesia and Central Europe including Germany would need to embrace the greatest adaptation measures to floodings as rainfall changes caused by global warming will likely increase river flood risks there.

    Any inaction would expose many millions of people to severe flooding, a new study by the Germany-based Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) has said.


  • 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.



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.