if there's one thing that a state government, a government at the centre, or, a district administration needs to do first, it is building a consistent understanding in affected communities; informing people of the perils fluoride and other contaminants in groundwater can bring for them. The rest would then very much follow, including communities looking out for alternate solutions, safeguarding what they have and reaching out!
Otherwise, it would keep landing the best of plans into a soup!
An active and informed village water and sanitation commitee is what"s needed, unfortunately VWSC's have'nt quite caught up and there been no pushing them! ... See MoreSee Less
Water data has always been a contentious issue. Some years back, I was surprised to know that the Central water commission (CWC) has little clue of water data within states, which they hide from each other. Today, I find push and pulls on every Water issue from different angles, sometimes data suppression and sometimes data exaggeration, whatever suits the purpose.
Few days back, a highly bloated up Arsenic figure of 239M people in India was conjured by an important National daily. Very soon, such a figure becomes a 'reference' such as 66M people for the Fluoride issue.
In this article here, we address this deep rooted issue of Water data upon which much of planning is based. High time we put forward a system that is radically different