India: Appeal for rainwater harvesting
India is currently facing drought directly affecting 11 States including Bundelkhand, Northern Karnataka, Marathwada, Vidharbha, Telangana, and Rayalseema. This has resulted to lower ground water levels drying up the soil, which then adversely affects harvest and production with Indian agriculture largely depending on rainfall.
With the coming monsoon in June with a 106%-expected rainfall (according to the India Meteorological Department), there are hopes that this issue would be addressed. This would be more effective with proper conservation mechanism through rainfall harvesting, which Ekta Parishad is advocating for as a result of a brainstorming session held last 7-13 April 2016 in Bhikampura in Alwar District of Rajasthan.
Ekta Parishad, together with 130 organizations, took the oath to promote water harvesting both in the rural communities and in the Government. They also appeal for the repair and restoration of water harvesting facilities in the local communities by 30 April 2016. Where Government fails to take appropriate actions, these organizations will voice out their demands in New Delhi on 5 May 2016.