Completed Project

Execution of water awareness activities for community involvement at Grass root level in 1131 Gram Panchayats of the Bikaner region of Rajasthan State under NRDWP

Agency : Water and Sanitation Support Organization, Government of Rajasthan (GoR)

Team Rajeev Tewari, Neeraj Shrivastava, Hemant Kumar Mishra, Neeru Khangarot, Parvinder Sharma

With the commencement of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), there has been a shift in focus from mere coverage of habitations to drinking water security at the household level and a shift from a supply-driven approach to demand managed approach. PHED departments made all such efforts to provide potable water to the community but lack of awareness beneficiaries is not availing the facility of Reverse osmosis (RO), DFU plants, Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) & water management practices. In ensuring adequate safe drinking water to all households in rural areas on a long-term basis, Gram Panchayats and community is expected to play a critical role.
NRDWP also aims at fully empowered, aware, and skilled community capable of planning, implementation, operation, maintenance, and management of water supply at village levels. To ensure that community and PRIs develop an understanding of the rural drinking water supply and sanitation programs, and are empowered to accept their responsibilities, they need to be provided with continuous support in terms of creating awareness, training, and handholding on various aspects of drinking water supply.
The Government of Rajasthan (GoR) has set up a Water and Sanitation Support Organization (WSSO) under State Water and Sanitation Mission (SWSM), Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), Rajasthan to deal with National Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance (NRWQM&S), Management Information System (MIS)/Computerization project, M&E and IEC & HRD (CCDU), R&D, etc. For conducting these activities, WSSO is being provided with funds from the Department of Drinking Water Supply (DoDWS), Ministry of Rural Development (DoRD), and Government of India (GoI). The WSSO under the aegis of GoR is committed to mitigate/eradicate drinking water quality-related problems and diseases in the state of Rajasthan. With the 73rd amendment of the constitution, rural drinking water has been placed in the XIth schedule of the constitution to be developed to PRIs. Keeping the above goal in the arena of water for all, WSSO launched a program to empower the community and Panchayati raj institutions by involving them in the decentralization process of water security and need to be provided with continuous support in terms of creating awareness, training, and handholding on various aspects of drinking water supply. In this regard WSSO launched an awareness creation program with the following objectives:

  • Aware of the community about water quality, water management, and waterborne diseases;
  • Generate the demand for the use of RO/DFU water /RWH& Water management in their locality by developing their mindset i.e., community, for construction and maintenance of rainwater harvesting structures;
  • Aware the community for the achievement of PHED especially surface water scheme and ensuring judicious use of water;
  • Aware of the community about the differential use of water, and involve different stakeholders in the water quality and its management;
  • Involve the community in the planning and operation & maintenance of PHED schemes; and
  • Empower the women and Panchayati Raj Institutions for water management

IIHMR Jaipur has been assigned the responsibility to create awareness in 1131 Gram Panchayat of Bikaner Division i.e., Churu (254 GPs), Hanumangarh (251 GPs), Sriganganar (336GPs) and Bikaner (290 GPs) of Rajasthan. The project will create awareness among the community and empower the Panchayati raj Institutions regarding the water-related issues such as water conservation, water quality, gender issues on water, cropping pattern and health by administering Participatory Rural Appraisals (PRA) in the community, Jal Chetna Rath and Gramin Jal Mela followed by displaying a wall painting on water conservation in 1131 GPs of the Bikaner Division. The impact of the project will be bringing a "big change" among the community to practice water conservation.