Opinion No-05 (2017): 24×7 Power For All 2019- Can it be DONE?
In this day an age, expanding rural energy access of rural electrification is a must for human development. The Government of India initiative of 24×7 Power For All by 2019 is a great step in the direction. However, there are several other factors need to be considered to achieve this objective. This article briefly discusses the PFA programme and highlighted bottlenecks.
Opinion No-04 (2016): Water Governance in India: An Analysis of the Provisions of National Water Framework BILL 2016
Sarada Prasanna Das
In India water resource management has been traditionally unsystematic and resource planning were based on narrow vision. The current legal framework pertaining to water in India is spread across a variety of instruments. There is a strong feeling among various section of the academia, bureaucracy and policy makers that we need a set of fundamental principles that would guide water governance throughout the country irrespective of divergence in approach. In this context this paper analyses the provisions of the proposed National Water Framework Bill 2016.
Opinion No-03 (2016): Bottled Water: Commodification of water and further commodification
India has emerged as a leading market in bottled water. The sale of bottled water entails the commodification of safe drinking water. Access to clean water has been deemed a human right. Restaurants and hotels that serve bottled water levy service tax and VAT which leads to the further commodification of safe water. The paper makes an overview of the short term and long term trends in the bottled water market. The causal factors analyzed are economic as well as non-economic in their determination.
Opinion No-02 (2016): Is Indian Railways ensuring the right to safe drinking water? Things said and things left unsaid
Indian Railways is the third largest rail network in the world. Access to safe drinking water is deemed a human right. It is incumbent upon the Indian Railways to adequately ensure that every consumer of its facilities are guaranteed this essential amenity. This paper argues that the IR should be more transparent regarding the policies and practices adopted to meet this requirement. The efficient implantation of workable solutions can pave the way for the supply of clean water to every consumer of rail services in India.
Opinion No-01 (2015): Water Management as Community Enterprise
Despite falling under a ‘drought-hit’ region, this village in Rajasthan has an abundance of water. Reviving cultural traditions of conserving and revering nature, synthesizing modern and indigenous knowledge for managing natural resources at community level, this is a story of how the seemingly impossible was achieved with community water management.