Clean drinking water is fundamental to life and a social asset necessary to lead a dignified human life. Still, a major part of the Indian population lives in abject poverty with unacceptable standards of water supply and quality, not being able to get their daily water requirement. India is, thus, rapidly becoming a focal point of the issues related to the availability of clean and safe drinking water.

The Right to Water initiative has been undertaken by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre to translate Dr. Kalam’s vision for a globally competitive India into action. The project aims to create a water-secure and water-efficient India through quality research, education innovation, volunteer connections, better community participation and governance. The project’s three-pronged strategy of “Availability, Access, and Innovation” is targeted at ridding India of her ongoing water crisis and water poverty.

As a part of the Right to Water Initiative, the Research and Publications team at the Kalam Centre aims to prepare “State of Water” reports, both national and state-wise, in order to understand and explore the risks and dynamics of water supply and quality as well as the status all major Indian rivers. Another aspect of the project is to generate awareness about Water as a vital cause for a globally competitive India through the “Water Aware” newsletter. To facilitate the public outreach and extension activities, Kalam Centre has begun developing content consumable in schools, including Keto and the Water Warriors comic book series, board games, and Water Facts cue-cards. The idea behind this initiative is to encourage mindfulness and willingness towards conserving water and creating a livable planet Earth. Additionally, the project intends to support innovations and startups in the domain of water. Volunteers, students and startups will be engaged and encouraged to engage to take up social challenges related to water in their locality and devise a frugal, scalable and innovative solution to solve the challenge.

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