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There are instances when we come through important and practicalthoughts and ideas in profession, while on other hand we come acrossgeneric statements as well.
I was going through a note from an important consultation approachpaper titled ‘Inputs from the Civil Society Consultations on RuralWater and Sanitation for the Approach Paper to Planning Commission’s12th Five Year Plan’, that lead me to read the document at http://bit.ly/i21ppX. The approach paper is meant to given practical suggestions andrecommendations to Planning Commission at Government of India for its12th five year plan, on various planning related aspects in Rural WaterSupply and Sanitation issues.
I wonder that though the document encompasses through variousthematic topics, of which ‘Beyond WATSAN’ was quite interesting, but,remaining five were like the statement sums of all equations, that onecould come across lifetime. Here, I feel that, when we are comingforward to give practical recommendations to a premier institution likePlanning Commission of India, we must use our useful experiences andrational thoughts, for specific recommendations. It would be wise whensuch recommendation are based on certain examples and have thepossibility of getting incorporated in said five year plan document.Time again, we should not be idealistic in giving suggestions those areneither practical nor feasible in any sense. I am wondering that, thereis little coverage and mention about the water supply planning andsanitation related important aspects from 11 mountain states of India.
I am also wondering that on one hand Department of Drinking Waterand Sanitation (DDWS) is on its way of developing fresh policy andguidelines for water and sanitation and on other Planning Commission ofIndia is in the process of getting such documents prepared. Here, Idon’t see any such mention in the approach paper, vis-à-vis any suchcoordination between Planning Commission of India and the agencyentrusted the role of ‘Ensuring safe and sustainable water supplySanitation for all’ i.e. Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.It also becomes futile exercise when, within the agencies in India,there is no common understanding and coordination for preparing orhelping the government in preparation of such policy document.
I could visualize the situation that, when the governmentinstitutions like Planning Commission of India will get plethora ofsuch information and suggestion from all quarters, and ultimately ouradvisors, consultants and bureaucrats would not be able to pull out thepractical recommendations for proposed policy document. Then, this willbe an added dilemma to a proposed ‘reform’ and ‘set targets’!
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