Domestic water for drinking is accorded the first priority use in the National Water Policy. The human rights to water entitles everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use.
Access to information, itself a human right, is critical for realizing all other human rights and is a prerequisite for active, free and meaningful participation. Governance and accountability can only be strengthen by an informed public that is able to hold the state to account for the decisions made and services delivered. Openness is one of the best antidotes of corruption.
Jala Suraksha is a technology enabled community governance of Panchayats drinking water system. It is an innovative community based project. The main objective of the programme is to drive community-led change in the Panchayats Drinking Water system by enhancing its planning and monitoring capacity. This is accomplished by utilizing a low cost technology called “Interactive Voices Response System (IVRS)”.
The project covers all grampanchayats of the particular district. The main intention of this programme is to involve the local women who face the daily reality with the problems relate to panchayat water system. As part of the project, all women SHG members located in that particular area are oriented towards the services. Every week, they survey the existing water services offered by their Panchayats drinking water system and answer a ‘yes/no & numerical’ type monitoring questionnaire that captures the status-quo. These answers are collected through a digitized IVRS system. The responses from these members are scored and community score cards are generated for each Panchayats drinking water system. Based on these scores, all the Panchayat of the district are ranked. The ranking cards serve as tools for comparing performances as well as planning for specific improvements desired.
The use of this innovative low cost technology automates the data collection process and the whole cycle of community monitoring is carried out in considerably less time. This allows for presenting updated community based monitoring information to public representatives, Panchayat members and administrators. This will also help in creating healthy competition in between panchayats. More importantly, it serves as a useful tool for identifying community needs and aiding community led changes within the Panchayats drinking water system.
This project can further allows to understand aiding and hindering forces for community participation in governance and monitoring.
Under the same project, to bring in healthy practices, an individual app for each Panchayat drinking water system will be develop. This app will give all information regarding the ward wise timing to collect water, duration of the water being release etc. Through this app daily SMS will be automatically send to people half an hour prior to the release of water by the Panchayats drinking water system.
To prevent the wastage of water
Most of the times the people always wait to collect water by opening all the water tapes because they don’t know the exact time of water to release from the Panchayat. By this app the wastage of water can be prevented.
Anybody can fill the water for you.
If a person is busy in something, he/she can easily convey the message to neighbor or anybody to fill the water.
One can save time
Because of the exact information regarding the water timings, no need to stand in front of the government water taps waiting for the water to come.
Strengthen the Village drinking water security