Impact| Getting Water for Dalit Hamlet in Maharashtra

Under the Self Governance Scheme, the government made arrangements for clean drinking water at Warola village. But that scheme did not reach the dalit hamlet which is home to 250 families. Only the dalit community was deprived of their right to clean drinking water.

‘We have no water through out year; we don’t get water during monsoon or summer.’

‘We have asked the Sarpanch, the Patil, nobody gives us water. The government’s water is irrigating only the Maratha’s fields. And in our houses, we don’t even have water to drink.’

‘Two water tankers were brought last year. One was in the village and one in the peripheries. We had to sit outside to take a bath and reuse that water to wash things.’

Community correspondent Rajesh Ghode made a video about the issue and conducted a community screening. The community went to the Block Development Officer’s office and showed the video to the BDO. The BDO immediately reassured the community that they will receive water.
Within four months, pipelines were installed and clean drinking water is now available to the community.

‘Last time Rajesh Ghode came, he took videos through which he raised the issue of drinking water. We had also tried earlier. We went to the gram panchayat meeting, They didn’t give us water. At least 25 women had gone to the BDO office too. But nothing was done.’

‘It feels good now to have water, clean water. Now children have also started doing their work rather than be worried about fetching water.’

Rajesh Ghode reports from Bid, Maharashtra for IndiaUnheard

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