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Monday, July 18, 2011

Jairam Ramesh for check on groundwater depletion!
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India’s worsening water crisis threatens to curtail food production while taking an increasingly heavy toll on the country’s economics.

Keeping this in mind, a worried minister of rural development Jairam Ramesh is planning to take stringent measures to regulate the over extraction of ground water for purposes of agriculture and industry especially since groundwater sources are “expected to dry up due to unregulated extraction”.

Mr Ramesh, who has been given additional charge of drinking water and sanitation after Gurudas Kamat, refused to take charge and warned that this was a serious issue as 80 per cent of rural India is depended on groundwater for drinking water.

While the goal of the National Drinking Water Mission is to provide safe drinking water for every rural Indian, this is becoming increasingly untenable with drinking water supplies being contaminated by chemical contaminants like arsenic and fluoride and also with large amounts of untreated industrial effluents and sewage.

A recently released report of the Asian Development Bank has warned that both India and China need to become conscious of the scarcity value of accessible freshwater and how to manage this efficiently.

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