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Updated: August 3, 2016 6:46:08 AM

Preventing floods

Preventing floods
The monsoon rains are a farmer’s delight. But they can turn out to be a disaster with its abundance if we are not prepared to receive and cope with heavy rainfall in a short span of time. Evidently monsoon floods have become a recurring phenomenon in several parts of the country. The deluges now inundating Assam, Gurgaon, Bengaluru and Delhi constitute an acute problem. Despite their predictability, nothing worthwhile has been done to prevent or mitigate them. Even the avoidable loss of life has not caused the government to take measures to quell the fury of the floods. An aerial view, of the submerged regions and the trail of destruction left behind by the floods, a senior minister ritually takes serves no useful purpose. In these days of advanced science and technology floods become a natural disaster only when the surplus waters are not held in check, stored and made the best use of. The capability to avert a potential disaster and convert it into a nature’s generous boon to tangible human benefit is there, but the will to do so is not. After all, floods occur as a result of decreasing forest cover and lack of strong and high embankments, check dams and diversion channels. Floods can be used as an antidote to drought, provided we invest our ingenuity and resources in achieving the objective. Social and economic factors like poverty and lack of productive employment increase human vulnerability to natural disasters and resultant suffering. People compelled to live in flood-prone catchment areas due to their poverty bear the brunt of natural calamities. The government should not be apathetic and unwilling to give priority to the problem of floods. Greater emphasis on preventive action will ease post-flood relief and
rehabilitation exertions.
G David Milton
Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu

Age no bar
The reason adduced for resignation of the Gujarat chief minister, Anandiben Patel, is that the CM will be crossing 75 years on November 21. The real reason behind the force for resignation of the chief minister is lacklustre performance of the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party in civic body polls. Obviously, the BJP is quailed at the thought of Congress staging a come-back to power in Gujarat after 25 years. The BJP high command cannot afford to wreck the solid foundation laid by Narendra Modi during his near 12 year tenure as Gujarat chief minister. In the present situation, nixing Anandiben Patel seemed inevitable, especially if BJP is to survive in the state assembly elections due in 2017. On the other hand, the undeclared bar on stalwarts crossing 75 years has claimed Union minister Najma Heptulla, ministers from Madhya Pradesh Babubal Gaur and Sartaj Singh. LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Yashwant Sinha were also silently kept away from ministry owing to the age bar. Yashwant Sinha had even questioned if all the people crossing 75 years are brain-dead. While power should placed in the hands of youth, it should only happen if they have good experience. Besides, people with outstanding integrity and efficiency should be inducted into ministry if they are physically and mentally fit. Persons like Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Yashwant Sinha are never persona non grata. In fact, if they agree to work under a junior despite their vast experience and knowledge, the PM should allow this
to happen.
KV Seetharamaiah
Hassan, Karnataka

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