Why Safe Drinking Water Should Be At The Centre Of Public Health Policy In India

Republished from HuffPost India.



India, with the second largest population in the world, is staring at a major health hazard due to lack of poor drinking water and hygiene facilities. According to a report by Water Aid (2016), India has the highest number of people in the globe without access to safe drinking water.


In urban areas, the problem of poor drinking water and hygiene is only going to increase due to fast urbanisation and pollution. Substantiating this, Arvind Panagariya, the vice chairman of NITI Aayog has said that the country's urban population is expected to rise by 22 crores by 2031-32 to 60 crores, as against 37.7 crores in 2011.


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Modi Government’s Maternity Benefits Scheme Will Likely Exclude Women Who Need It the Most

Republished from The Wire.




Nearly six months after the prime minister announced maternity benefits of Rs 6,000 to pregnant and lactating mothers, the cabinet yesterday approved the implementation of the maternity benefits programme (MBP) – a scheme that will likely exclude a large majority of women in the country.


Under the scheme, pregnant women and lactating mothers will receive Rs 6,000, Rs 5,000 of which will be given in three installments, provided that certain conditions related to completion of registration of pregnancy and birth, antenatal care and immunisation are met. The scheme is also restricted to the first live birth.


In fact, the new MBP is a watered down and much delayed implementation of the commitment made under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) passed unanimously by parliament in 2013.


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