Demand for water security in India
We are posting this story shared by Ekta Parishad.
One-fourth of India’s population suffers from drought affecting more than 300 million people in 13 States. As it reels from severe water shortages; people fighting on the issue, farmers committing suicide, and livestock and crop failures happening resulting to food crisis, are among of its adverse effects.
To raise this issue to the Government, Ekta Parishad led more than 4000 people across the affected States in a march, Jal Satyagraha, on 5 May 2016 from Rajghat to Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.
Activists demanded for the enactment of the Water Security Law restoring and conserving rivers and ground waters to ensure water security for all, and the River Rejuvenation Bill improving river systems with community participation.
Jal satyagraha continues until Government takes corresponding actions.
Similarly, Ekta Parishad Founder Dr. Rajagopal P.V., headed the 7-day Water Awareness Dialogue Journey on 6-13 June 2016 from Sheopur to Damoh District to raise awareness on water conservation among villagers and youths. It also served as fact-finding measure on the implementation of Supreme Court Order on drought relief work on dam and pond reconstructions.
From the communities visited, proper implementation of the Supreme Order was not in place. People were also experiencing insufficient water supply for food and work resulting to urban migrations.
Amidst this kind of situation, community people, however, are dedicatedly and voluntarily re-constructing their dams to sustain their water needs.