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Vol. 4   

No. 5

October-November 2002

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Swajal revamped
While revamping Swajal, the rural drinking water scheme, the centre has completely sidelined the state, by reaching the panchayat's directly.

To be launched on December 25, the new guidelines propose 90:10 (centre to panchayat) funding, as compared to earlier 50:50 (centre to state). Once the panchayat deposits their share in the bank, the district implementation committee will forward the proposal to the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission. Dubbed as extension of the old scheme, Rs 5,000 crores are ready to reach all the districts in India.

Centre claims these modifications have been initiated to prevent the gross misuse of funds. For the past 55 years, safe drinking water has been a illusionary dream for the majority of Indians. Will this scheme work? Only time can tell.

Schools build check dams
Three higher secondary schools from Gaondongrem, Canacona, Goa, constructed eight check dams, under a unique watershed programme. This was undertaken as a part of National Land and Water Conservation Week. About 250 National Social Services volunteers in a joint collaboration with the self-help groups worked during the morning sessions. The students were also informed about prospects of enterprenurial farming and horticulture.

20 per cent water saved
"About 20 per cent of water is saved, revenue has increased by 91per cent and, food production has gone up by 42 per cent," recently disclosed the Haryana Command Area Development Authority. This is the result of construction and brick lining activities undertaken for 2,700 water courses at a cost Rs 277 crores. For the effective management of available resources, about 1,200 water users association are being constituted and 250 employees are being trained.

Another extension
It seems that the Central Ground Water Authority does not believe in serious long term planning. As the deadline for installing water harvesting structures in Delhi got extended to March 31, 2003, for the fifth time in a row. Further, it has also asked the centre to relax the ban on installing new tubewells for drinking purposes in the notified areas.



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About Catch Water

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RSVerma
Bharatpur, Rajasthan

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D D Derashri
Bhilwara, Rajasthan

"It should inform the public about their rights and duties. For instance, if a municipal pipe is broken and water is going waste. Then, what should a 'voter' of a 'democratic country' should do."
Ila Kumar
Nagpur, Maharashtra

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Kasaragod, Kerala

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Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka

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Suvrat Dash
Mayurbhanj, Orissa

"Thanks for your electronic magazine. I thoroughly enjoyed the same. Now let me explain the problem. I am one of those lucky few who stay in Goa, where we receive an average rainfall of about 2500 mm/ annum. But I am convinced that for the sake of future generations we need to adapt water harvesting. Can you inform me whether any organisation is working in Goa "

Chaitanya. V, Goa
through email: vchaitanya@softhome.net

Your responses encourage us. Keep writing!!



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Write to Sumita Dasgupta at sumita@cseindia.org/ Eklavya Prasad at eklavya@cseindia.org

 


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