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Rajamouli determined to work for rights

Kusum Rajamouli, a local Panchyat leader from Gangadevpalli village in a southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, India, recently attended the 6th World Water Forum. Read his reflections on the political process. 
At the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, Kusum Rajamouli, a local Panchyat leader from Gangadevpalli village in a southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, India, was not happy to see the government's shyness over their commitment on the right to water and sanitation.

He is very critical on the absence of participation of the government of India participation in the 6th World Water Forum too. "I did not meet any of the high government officials from India here and in the sessions where I participated during the forum is also quite disappointing not to see any strong commitment on it," said Rajamouli. Our governments commitments during the SACOSAN IV in Sri Lanka were clear, and I witnessed it, but that momentum is not found here, he added.

I will be lobbying my district government to form a legislative framework for the people's right to water and sanitation. Rajamouli was in the World Water Forum in Marseille at the invitation of WASHCost India, a supporter of FANSA. Particularly this forum has made him inspired to work hard on rights. He feels that governments are hesitant to declare the right to water and sanitation as it brings them responsibility and accountability.

In response to a question on how he thinks he can contribute, he became stern and said firmly that no one can stop him advocating for the rights to water and sanitation. He appealed to CSOs like FANSA to build up a greater coalition to build the capacity of local leaders like him at the grassroots level and build public awareness.