The Water Law Initiative by Sai University and Daksha Fellowship was recently launched with a panel discussion on the topic “Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) & Access to Water : Rights, Sustainability and Challenges”. Underlining the need for a multidisciplinary approach to solving water-related issues, the panelists and attendees welcomed the initiative and congratulated the organizers for putting together a panel that brought together diverse perspectives. The panelists spoke about key issues surrounding the Jal Jeevan Mission and the challenges faced in its execution.
The panelists were:
Girija K. Bharat
Dr. Girija K Bharat is the Founder Director, of Mu Gamma Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon. She is also a Senior Consultant with the World Bank, USAID and TERI.
Dr. Srinivas Chokkakula is the MoJS (Ministry of Jal Shakti) Research Chair –- Water Conflicts and Governance, at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi (CPR), where he leads the Transboundary Rivers, Ecologies, and Development studies (TREADs) program.
Dr. Philippe Cullet, a senior visiting fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and Professor of International and Environmental Law, at the SOAS, University of London.
Dr. Sujith Koonan is Assistant Professor, at Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. He completed his doctoral research on ‘The Right to Sanitation in India: A Multi-Faceted Right in Search of a Comprehensive Framework’ in 2017 from SOAS-University of London.
Dr. Bharat Punjabi is a Research Fellow, and Lecturer at the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto. He has taught courses such as economic geography, political ecology
and water management at institutions such as the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph.
V. R. Raman
Mr. V. R. Raman is a public Health Expert and is currently the Head of Policy, with WaterAid India. Previously, he worked as an Advisor to Public Health Foundation of India and one of
the founders and Principal Fellow of the Health Governance Hub.