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Saturday, December 05, 2020

Parameswaran Iyer

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The writer is secretary, Ministry for Drinking Water and Sanitation. Views are personal.

Pandemic may be ripe to re-evaluate life and career, put family over work
Fri, Aug 21, 2020

For all those who have had a chance during the successive lockdowns to think about taking an “unconventional” break, my advice is — take it.

A journey to Bihar, UP, Karnataka shows that the pandemic’s challenge is being met
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Activities are now in full swing under the leadership of young “generalist” IAS officers. They have faced truly challenging times during COVID-19 and have come up trumps, as usual

During the pandemic, strides made over the last year in dealing with single-use plastic have suffered a setback
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

If each of the 7.8 billion people around the world had to be inoculated, this would amount to an additional plastic consumption of 400 tonnes. Are we going to wait till the end of the pandemic to effectively dispose of plastic waste, or is the time now?

With strong partnerships across the country, there has been steady improvement in supply chains of essential goods
Thu, May 07, 2020

Many supply chain warriors, have stood up to serve the nation in these trying times. Their efforts bear testimony to the fact that the true character of a nation comes out in the face of adversity, and disruption is nothing but an opportunity for action.

Handwashing is a habit that can and must be sustained even after coronavirus
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

In this threat is also an opportunity for the world — to make handwashing with soap the default behaviour and a key public health objective, even after the threat of the virus is behind us.

Like Swachh Bharat, Jal Jeevan Mission will benefit the wider economy
Sat, Feb 22, 2020

It is fairly clear now that investment in sanitation is actually a facilitator for broader economic, health and social gains. This is the chain of arguments that we encouraged the sanitation ministers of Africa assembled at Addis Ababa to use to bring their finance ministries on board.

Swachh Bharat Mission has thrown up six guiding principles, which can be applied to any large transformation scheme
Thu, Jan 02, 2020

A prime minister in the 1980s had famously said that of every rupee spent by the government, only 15 paise reached the intended beneficiaries. This statement symbolised the skew in emphasis on “policy” in favour of “implementation”.

Surveys measuring impact of govt programmes have become less reliable
Wed, Dec 04, 2019

When the benefits of government schemes are actually reaching the intended beneficiaries much more than ever before, the incentive to deny having facilities is at its highest. On the contrary, what does the household gain by acknowledging that it in fact does have access to the facility? Nothing.

P V Iyer, an unlikely soldier, continues to inspire
Wed, Oct 30, 2019

He took to running, like a duck to water, and regularly ran 10-15 milers early morning. Once, in the dark of an early Delhi winter morning, he collided with a buffalo on Janpath road.

In last five years, Swachh Bharat mission has captured people’s imagination
Wed, Oct 02, 2019

As the states prepare to dedicate an open defecation free (ODF) country to Gandhi@150, it is timely for us to analyse how this campaign became the global benchmark for participatory and transformative development.

A jan andolan for water
Sat, Aug 17, 2019

Proposed Jal Jeevan Mission will be a decentralised, community-managed and sustainable water management scheme

What the new Jal Shakti Mantralaya should focus on
Tue, Jun 18, 2019

Just like the country did in the Swachh Bharat Mission, India could lay out a template for other countries on securing national water security by integrating fragmented institutions and making water security everyone’s business.

Diving into a revolution
Wed, Jan 23, 2019

Swachh Bharat Mission has had to overcome a ‘degree of difficulty’ to bring about behavioural change.

The evolving role of a secretary
Fri, Dec 28, 2018

Secretaries to the Government of India are playing evolving, increasingly multi-dimensional, roles.

The power of political push
Fri, Nov 23, 2018

Swachh Bharat Mission has achieved what previous sanitation drives could not. This owes much to the PM’s initiative

Laterally yours
Thu, Oct 25, 2018

If you add value to the system, bureaucracy will be welcoming and accommodative

Satyagraha then, Swachhagraha now
Mon, Oct 01, 2018

The nation symbolically bound in the fabric of swachhata, with everyone offering their service for nation-building, would be most satisfying for the Mahatma.

Wealth from waste
Fri, Feb 23, 2018

GOBAR-Dhan initiative will aid Swachh Bharat, increase rural incomes

Service For Swachhata
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

In three years, Swachh Bharat Mission has become a mass movement.

More Than Toilets
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Swachh Bharat Mission is about behaviour change vis a vis sanitation. Five states, 186 districts and over 2,31,000 villages have been declared as open defecation free

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