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" A Big Challenge For India To Achieve MDG's Goal On Sanitation "

India will achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on Sanitation only by 2054 . Some state such as Madhya Pradesh & Orissa will reach the target in 2105 & 2160 means Next Century !  "Unhygienic Condition of Toilets "   According to JMPWSS report which track the progress on drinking water and sanitation status that 17 states had already achieved the MDG target . In India 51% or 626 million people in the country defecate in the Open , accounting 60% of the worlds total open defecation  we achieved some good results on safe drinking water but it is limited to some section of people . In Rural areas ,91% had no access to sanitation in 1990as against 67% in 2010 .  In rural areas rich had more access to sanitation as compared to economically poor & dalit section of society which had less access to safe drinking water and sanitation . 4 out of 10 people whi have gained access to improved sanitation since 1990 lives in china or India . About 2.5 billion peo

A World Without Water

As less and less water is available, you have yet another problem being added and that is the problem of privatization. There are companies now saying  why don’t we bottle it, mine it, divert it, sell it, commodify it . That greed of privatization, I believe, will be much worse than climate change and everything else that has left us with the water crisis. The world is running out of its most precious resource. True Vision’s timely film tells of the personal tragedies behind the mounting privatisation of water supplies. More than a billion people across the globe don’t have access to safe water. Every day 3900 children die as a result of insufficient or unclean water supplies. The situation can only get worse as water gets evermore scarce. Watch the full documentary now

Solve Water And Sanitation Challenges.

We need  an active participation of  general public  , local leaders from across the globe. who are working in solidarity so everyone can access to  safe water and sanitation .   The United Nations Development Programme UNDP..  has facilitated the formation of a global platform to unite local actors to solve water and sanitation challenges, including encouraging water authorities in developed countries to support the improvement of services in poorer regions through donations. The Global Water Solidarity Platform was launched on Wednesday at the World Water Forum in Marseille, France, where 20,000 participants from the private, public and non-profit sectors gathered this week to address global water challenges. UNDP led a group of 25 institutions, including local, regional and national authorities, international and multilateral organizations, water operators, non-governmental and private organizations, as well as prominent figures to assess, design and constitute the new internatio

Only 10 percent Indian villages fully sanitized: Jairam

Only 10 percent Indian villages fully sanitized: Jairam New Delhi: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Monday said that while only 10 percent of Indian villages have full sanitation coverage, the government is dedicated to tackling the issue with both rail and union budgets paying special attention to sanitation. Speaking at an award function organised by Sulabh International, an organisation working for better sanitation in the country, Ramesh said: "It is sad that out of 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country, only 25,000 are "Nirmal" gram panchayats." "Nirmal" gram status is given by the government of India to those villages which have full sanitation coverage and have completely abolished open defecation. Ramesh presented the Sulabh Sanitation Award of Rs.5 lakh to Anita Bai Narre, a tribal woman from Madhya Pradesh who had revolted against the lack of toilets in her in-laws` home and returned to her parents, demanding a clean toilet as

No Substitute for Breastfeeding

There should be complete ban on all those company's who are producing and promoting Infant milk substitute .We have to protect breastfeeding which is crucial for healthy development of infant's in the country. The United Nations Children’s Fund kicked off World Breastfeeding Week today by calling for strong leadership to promote a practice that is the most effective and inexpensive way to save a child’s life.less than half of all children under the age of six months benefit from exclusive breastfeeding, despite the many advantages it provides for both children and mothers. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by UNICEF and the World Health Organization  in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Both UNICEF and WHO recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of

An app to fight sanitation problems

Six teams of IT experts and professors supported by the Water and Sanitation Program presented mobile applications or 'Apps' that can help support consumers and governments surmounting the water and sanitation problems in India. The event took place at Vigyan Bhawan on Tuesday. The prototypes were presented to private firms such as Nokia, Vodafone and Accenture. The waterhackthon event is one of many promoted by the  World Bank  and its partners. Its aim is to promote the use of ICT tools in solving water issues. The project has come up with suggested solutions that are beyond the imagination of most people. Each of the six teams made their presentations and also emphasized the importance of serving the poor and making the applications simple to use. For example, Team PeeQ demonstrated their application that helps mobile phone users to help locate the closest public loo. US-based Tribal Technologies demonstrated how schools in Orissa have been provided with a cheap andr

Why India has more cell phones than toilets

Talking about revolution is easy. But try discussing sanitation in the same animated way, and watch jaws drop. Polite society will sniffily walk away. Submerging or emerging, India has traditionally treated sanitation like a taboo subject, much like sex. Even today, we speak about it mostly in whispers or in lingo that is so jargon-laden that it obfuscates more than it reveals. Net result: report after report confirms that India is a world leader in ‘open defecation.’ We still don’t say clearly or loud enough that we are in deep shit. Which was why I was delighted when minister for rural development and drinking water and sanitation   Jairam   Ramesh   tossed a teaser, ‘Why do women want mobile phones more than toilets,’ before an august gathering during the launch of the UN’s 2011-12 Asia Pacific Regional report on Millennium Development Goals. Article continues below the advertisement... Ramesh   has been hauled over the coals for that remark. Fuming activists have accused him of bei

Half of India still defecates in the open

  Half of the country's population still defecates in the open even after 60 years of independence, the   Planning Commission   has admitted.   Faced with the harsh reality of open defecation by a vast majority, affecting the dignity of women and girls the most, the plan panel is revamping its strategy and is set to raise spending on government programme on sanitation and drinking water.   "Around 60 crore people   defecate   in the open," plan panel member   Mihir Shah   said, admitting to the need for a change in government's approach. The panel is of the view that toilets should be constructed for hamlets too, apart from aiming to build toilets for households. The thinking is also to build bathrooms along with toilets.   Shah said government's existing Nirmal Gram Puraskar to award villages that promote hygiene and sanitation undermine the demand-driven sanitation programme. He hinted at a dramatically higher plan allocation for sanitation.   The government can