English_Master June 5, 2016 No Comments
NATIONAL WATER CRISIS Today, in a country where water and its perennial source, the River is worshipped as “Mother Goddess”, it has become a subject of crisis. Water, a free gift of nature is fast becoming a precious commodity for the common man. This rapidly-depleting resource has turned out to be a matter of concern to all of us. The acute shortage of portable water in many parts of our country during the first summer of the new Millennium has made us seriously think and introspect on the potential problem of the future. The above quote is perfectly drafted to the state in which we are today. We are surrounded by Seas on three sides in the South, a huge Ice— covered Mountain range in the North—the Himalayas, World’s largest Fertile Plains with abundant ground water resources, the Indus-Gangetic Brahmaputra Plains and countless rivers flowing down to the mighty seas, but still the dependency ratio is a meager 34 percent. We regained our Freedom from our colonial rulers in 1947 and the planners under the guidance of Jawaharlal Nehru had a monumental job in hand. Nehru quoted “Dams are the Temples of Modern India”. The country had to plan and formulate a policy of managing the vast water resources,...
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English_Master December 10, 2015 No Comments
NATIONAL WATER CRISIS Water crisis is nothing new. It can be dated back to the pre-independence days when the scarcity conditions took the form of famine decimating lakhs of people. But fortunately, after Independence, on account of relief and rehabilitation measures, the successive governments did not allow the scourge of drought to assume the devilish proportions of famine. However, the scourge still visits us and takes a heavy toll of human misery. In-spite of all the dams, big and small, the intensity of the natural calamity leaves millions of people vulnerable to the vagaries of climate. Chronically water-deficient areas are plenty in large tracts of Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and disaster strikes more and more districts in more states. Successive governments should not repeat the mistake of just releasing relief funds, food grains, fodder and rushing trains carrying water to the affected areas. Such measures are absolutely necessary but they can serve only for a short-term.  Our agriculture is mainly dependent on monsoon. But now mon­soon is playing havoc with us. Instead of normal and steady rainfall we experience either floods or droughts. Since, we should explore and device measures for a proper water arrangement. Lot of workshops, seminars etc have been conducted. But everything lies in paper, they...
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