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Evaluation of Rural Drinking Water Programmes
21 Nov 2017

Evaluation of Rural Drinking Water Programmes

This Report of the Committee deals with the action taken by the Government on the recommendations contained in the Second Report (Sixteenth Lok Sabha) on the subject ‘Evaluation of Rural Drinking Water Programmes’ pertaining to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The Committee further note that the security of drinking water can be achieved on a 100% basis only when the entire rural drinking...

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Awareness Generation & Epidemiological Study on Disease Prevalence in Arsenic Affected Areas of Malda, West Bengal
21 Nov 2017

Awareness Generation & Epidemiological Study on Disease Prevalence in Arsenic Affected Areas of Malda, West Bengal

As a part of Arsenic Mitigation Program, Dept. of Health &PHED, Govt. of West Bengal had been entrusted in arranging for treatment for arsenicosis patients and supplying safe water to the arsenic affected population respectively. However, there are many pockets in the State that neither has the required medical treatment facilities to treat Arsenicosis nor an arsenic-free safe water source to be used for drinking...

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Report of the Inter-Ministerial Group for Arsenic Mitigation
21 Nov 2017

Report of the Inter-Ministerial Group for Arsenic Mitigation

This is a report by the Inter Ministerial Group, which critically analyses the issues, status and actions taken and initiated by different concerned Central Ministries and Arsenic affected States. This report has been prepared after taking cognizance of the concerns, observations, suggestions and recommendations given by the ‘Committee on Estimates’, headed by Hon’ble Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi. The report throws light on the current situation,...

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17 Nov 2017

Arsenic Removal Technologies – Short Note

Arsenic contamination in groundwater is widely acknowledged now as a public health issue of epidemic proportions and has spread across Asia especially in Bangladesh and large parts of India. This note enlists various technologies and techniques for arsenic mitigation, which have been used as short terms mechanisms to reduce arsenic exposure. A comparison has been made between the different methods, so as to enable identification...

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A Review of Field Test Kits for Detection of Arsenic in Water
27 Oct 2017

A Review of Field Test Kits for Detection of Arsenic in Water

Several field test kits are available for estimation of Arsenic in water. All of them work on the principle mentioned in the following paragraph. Depending on the amount of reagents, quality of reagents and method of testing, different test kits shows different levels of accuracy. All the available test kits are semi quantitative and are based on colour comparison with the reference colour chart provided...

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27 Oct 2017

Women against arsenic: A Success Story

By Dr. Abhijit Das & Mr. Sayantan Chakrabarti ‘In arsenic infested Haringhata, West Bengal, few housewives are in the business of saving lives by supplying safe drinking water.’ The Challenge: Provision of safe drinking water in arsenic infested areas of West Bengal India, today, has arguably entered, or at least is on the verge of entering, a phase of ‘Hydro Schizophrenia’. In other words, we...

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27 Oct 2017

Arsenic Bioaccumulation in Rice and Vegetables and subsequent transmission in food chain

Arsenic is a metalloid of great environmental concern because of its highly toxic nature and wide abundance. Arsenic contamination in groundwater has been reported in Bangladesh, India, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, USA, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. The use of arsenic contaminated groundwater for irrigation purpose in crop fields elevates arsenic concentration in surface soil and in the plants grown in arsenic contaminated areas. The arsenic concentrations...

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27 Oct 2017

Clear Water is not Always Clean: Challenges of Sustainable Access to Clean & Safe Water

-Anju Helen Bara Central University of South Bihar, Gaya Clean and safe drinking water is a basic necessity for good health and survival of human beings. The eastern and north-eastern region of India, particularly states of Bihar, West Bengal and Assam are facing tremendous challenge in ensuring access to safe and clean water to the people. The region are worse affected by fluoride, arsenic and...

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Orientation on Safe Water and Health, Majuli, Assam
13 Oct 2017

Orientation on Safe Water and Health, Majuli, Assam

Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network, in collaboration with Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Institute and District Administration, Majuli (Assam) organised a two day Orientation cum Training Programme on Safe Water and Health on 11th and 12th October 2017 at Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Majuli, Assam. The Orientation began with a short presentation on the Arsenic network and largely comprised of in-house presentations by experts...

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