Government Fails To Pump Up Rural Water Supply

The hand pump in Padhiara village lies in one corner like a rusting carcass. The reasons are many: the pump is poorly manufactured; boreholes are drilled badly; supply chains for spare parts have broken down; etc. VV-PACS Community Correspondent Indu Devi from Begusarai reports on the drinking water problem in one such village. "We have to wash our clothes and do all our work from the river water. This hand pump has been broken for the past 3 years" says Bulbul, a resident. "It was functional only for 10 days after its installation, then it broke down, since then it has not been repaired" adds Kuntra another resident. Everyday women like Bulbul walk miles to fetch water for their daily needs. The solution could be as simple as replacing a broken pump handle or cylinder. Call to Action: To help you can call N.K Jaiswal, Blok Development Officer, Bakhri block, Bihar on 07250645427 and ask him to the hand pump fixed. About the Partnership: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organisations.

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