It's all about management
This is with reference to the editorial "Make India drought-proof" (July 1-15, 2014). Given the irregularities in monsoon that India witnesses year after year, our water management strategies should be more scientific. We need to have plans in place to maximise the benefits of a good monsoon and minimise the adverse effects of an abnormal one. As Sunita Narain points out, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) "had the stated aim to conserve soil and water" by building tanks, ponds and check dams across the country. The principle of MGNREGA must be integrated with the scientific expertise of our agriculture scientists to save our farmers from the burden of crop failure in case of an abnormal monsoon.