Major parts of India are in the grip of severe water crisis that needs to be addressed on a war footing. In fact, India is going through the worst water crisis in her history. Overseas Volunteer for a Better India (OVBI), after doing excellent work in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu is now focusing on Rajasthan which is the worst affected state and needs immediate attention.
The water crisis of Rajasthan is an untold story of mass human exodus, crippling economy because of falling groundwater level and high unemployment leading to rise in social unrest. In the rural areas the situation is even more catastrophic. Periodic droughts along with groundwater depletion are resulting in heavy crop failures and diminishing farmer incomes. As a consequence, they are unable to pay-off loans and thereby drowning further in debt. If not attended immediately, it can soon derail India’s development story.
PLAN OF ACTION
To address this grave humanitarian crisis, OVBI is partnering with Amla Ruia, also known as water mother and who has silently transformed more than 300 villages in Rajasthan in the last 20 years.
The first of these several initiatives will be the Agla Khet ka Check dam at Bandha Ki Dhani village in Jhunjhunun, Rajasthan. This small village is severely affected by the water crisis. It has high unemployment and poor literacy rate leading to high rate of poverty. One of the main earning sources is dairy but in the peak of summertime, many cattle are lost resulting in a huge financial loss to the poor farmers.
This check dam will help to harvest and prevent the runoff of the rainwater. Once implemented, OVBI wants to scale it up further in the other affected villages throughout the state.
PAST WORK OF MS AMLA RUIA
Media coverage for Amla Ruia’s past work
1) Water Mother- BBC News
2) DD News:
3) The Better India:
Details of the work
Name of panchayat: Papurna
Name of village: Bandha ki Dhani
Name of site: Agla Khet ka Check Dam
Total Impact on
Number of families: 315
Number of migrants that will return back: 700
No. of Wells that will be recharged: 53
Irrigated land will be increased (in acres): 721
Employment will be generated after construction by agriculture and allied activity: 700