Like Swachh Bharat, Modi wants mission Save Water. Stop free water first

Modi has called for a mass movement — like Swachh Bharat — to save water. Since the new government took office, it has created a water ministry by folding up two older ones, set itself a goal of delivering piped water to all households by 2024, created a water management index that ranks states and is set to roll out a whole host of measures to conserve water.

But, contrary to popular belief and experience, we are not running out of water — 71 per cent of the earth’s surface is covered by water. The problem does not lie in nature, but in the fact that Indian society is unable to cooperate in a manner that ensures each one of us has adequate water.

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