Dusharla Satyanarayana

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Dusharla Satyanarayana is an Indian water rights activist and founder of Jala Sadhana Samithi (JSS). He is fighting for drinking and irrigation water for Nalgonda district in Telangana, formerly Andhra Pradesh, India, by completing decades old Srisailam Left Bank Canal Tunnel scheme. He also supported statehood for Telangana.[1] He is also Vice President of Suvidha.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Raghavapuram village, Mothey Mandal, Nalgonda district, Telangana State.[2] He did his B.Sc. (Agriculture) from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Hyderabad.


He worked as an Agricultural assistant in Andhra Bank, Cuddapah. He worked as Rural Development Officer in Union Bank of India. After looking at the plight of the small and marginal farmers he quit his job and started his activist life.

Jala Sadhana Samithi[edit]

He founded Jala Sadhana Samithi in 1980 to fight for the unjust treatment of water allocation to Nalgonda, which resulted in widespread cases of fluorosis.[3] He did walkathons for water as well as Telangana statehood.[4]

He did various types of protests like padayatras from Nalgonda to Srisailam, Yadagirigutta and Hyderabad to highlight the water woes of the people of the region in general and the fluoride victims of the district in particular. He did protests in Delhi.


  1. ^ "'Separate Telangana holds the key to all problems'". 30 December 2009 – via www.thehindu.com. 
  2. ^ "Fluorosis drives them to seek divine assistance". 25 January 2008 – via www.thehindu.com. 
  3. ^ Correspondent; Correspondent (9 July 2012). "CPI(M) wants separate pipelines, tanks in fluoride-hit villages" – via www.thehindu.com. 
  4. ^ http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/19/stories/2010011955060300.htm