Heat wave and Modi
Linking the intense heat wave and drought to environmental degradation, the prime minister has made a strong pitch for a mass movement to save forests and conserve “every drop” of water during the upcoming Monsoon season. India is one of the many countries facing water scarcity. Water covers two-thirds of the surface of the earth, but fresh water accounts for only 0.002%. Water is central to our lives but has not been the central point of focus in our planning while we rapidly evolve into an urban society. Most of our lakes have dried up. Ground water levels are abysmally low, besides being contaminated. There is not enough water for the city’s burgeoning population. One must remember that India’s economy is heavily dependent on agriculture. Rain water harvesting can also be used effectively to strengthen irrigation networks. There are plenty of ways to save and recycle water. As a nation we will have to pay attention to the importance of fresh water. “A drop of water is worth more than a sack of gold to a thirsty man.”
Vinod C Dixit, Ahmedabad
Time for cabinet rejig
The NDA completes two years in office. Barring a few, ministers are hesitant in taking initiatives, particularly those which directly affects the lives of the majority of the people, notably—rural and urban development, agriculture, food and public distribution, employment and empowerment. Prices of common items have not come down, unemployment and corruption remain under addressed and polarisation is on the rise. The increasing feeling is that poor are not benefiting from programmes and schemes under this government. Modi needs abler ministers who can do with far less oversight from the PMO. . A thoughtful cabinet reshuffle and an increased concern for the problems of the man on the street would only complement BJP’s recent clutch of electoral gains.
R Narayanan, Ghaziabad