It's all about man­age­ment

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

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.

BI­PLAB MOITRA

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