R. PRASAD Two proteins in rice are responsible for transporting arsenite from soil Carcinogen: Arsenic present in the groundwater and in paddy fields irrigated by the groundwater causes skin cancer. Scientists in Japan have cracked the reason why rice is particularly efficient in assimilating arsenic from paddy soils. The findings reported in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal have particular relevance to West Bengal and Bangladesh where arsenic poisoning is seen.


Arsenic (As) exposure from consumption of rice can be
substantial, particularly for the population on a subsistence
rice diet in South Asia. Paddy rice has a much enhanced As
accumulation compared with other cereal crops, and practical
measures are urgently needed to decrease As transfer from

Arsenic and flourides are found in the underground water in Barak valley. In order to make underground water free from arsenic and flourides all necessary preventive measure have been adopted by the State government. The PHE Minister Rihon Daimary disclosed the fact while inaugurating Kumbhirgram TE water supply scheme.

Households in Bengal affected by arsenic-laced water are likely to reap economic benefits even if they pay for clean water supply, a study by Jadavpur University has indicated. The study, described by researchers as among the first to assess the costs of arsenic-contaminated water on households, has shown that investing in safe drinking water is economically feasible.

Bangladesh is facing a major health crisis because arsenic is
poisoning a large percentage of the country

Fifty percent of the districts in the state of West Bengal in India are exposed to arsenic-contaminated water. A large number of people have been diagnosed with symptoms of arsenic poisoning even though much of the at-risk population has yet to be assessed

Tubewells have been so popular in rural Bangladesh that about 12 million have been installed, yielding water that is convenient, free and low in bacteria. But every fourth well is polluted with arsenic, with the result that millions of people are exposed to a severe environmental hazard. We explore this crisis from the viewpoint of legal geographies.

This study examines the problems of water resource management in South Asia, including policy approaches, resource sharing, and water quality issues.

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