If I am in power, I will take the following steps to over come the impact of drought,
- Not only remove all restrictions on digging bore wells but will also encourage and assist people to dig bore wells. Ground water level will go down but this does not matter, as when it rains the water level will automatically come up. Government will also dig bore wells near water bodies like lakes, canals etc.
- Wherever and whenever it is possible, artificial rain(cloud seeding) will be tried.
- Water areas like wells, rivers, lakes, canals, water passages will be dredged which may lead to more ground water
- farmers will be advised to refrain from planting crops like paddy which require a lot of water and cultivate drought resistant crops like ragi
- Without any elaborate application from farmers, their lands will be provided with drip irrigation system and sprinkler irrigation system.
- Panchayat, municipal and corporation waste water will be treated and used for irrigation.
- As a long term measure, desalination plants will be established along the coast.
According to the Budget Estimate for 2017-18, total expenditure during 2017-18 is Rs . 21 46 735 crores which higher than the Revised Estimates for 2016-17 of Rs.20 14 407 crores only by about 6%. The inflation in a year will be about 10%. This means that in real terms the expenditure next year will be less than the current year. This will result in contraction of the economy instead of growth. If the rains are favourable and agriculture registers higher production and the private sector does well, the contraction of the economy can be avoided and even growth can be registered. For this the government should be proactive, reaching out to private sector and offer incentives. The regulatory role of the government should be reduced and developmental role should be concentrated upon. For example in the matter of pollution control, the authorities should not impose elaborate regulations on industries and punish those who violate the regulations but should come forward to establish pollution treatment plants and charge the industries for the same as service charges on a monthly basis just like electricity, water etc. charges. This could be done easily if the factory comes up in a cluster. If the industry is polluting one, government should encourage clusters so that it is cheaper to treat the pollutants.
Perusal of the list of 2017 Padma Award Winners shows that there is only one awardee in the field of Trade and Industry among the 89 awardees. This does not appear to be just and fair to the Trade & Industry sector, considering their huge contribution to the country’s economic development, employment generation etc. About 8-10% share for this sector would encourage them to contribute more to the socio economic development. Similarly to appreciate the role of spiritualism in shaping the values of the society and in recognition of the importance of spiritualism in the life of an individual, more holy people should be awarded Padma Awards, though they do not aspire for any award.
The Awardees should have some privileges and immunities.
One or some of the Members of Parliament from Tamilnadu could have introduced Private Member Bill in Parliament to amend the Act (under which Jallikattu is barred) to exempt Jallikattu from being barred. This could have made the Minister to request the MP/MPs to withdraw the bill assuring the Member/s that Govt would itself bring the bill to amend the Act. Even if this has not come about, the issue could have drawn attention of MPs of other states some of whom might have supported the amendment. A solution could have been found by this time if action had been taken a year earlier.
Separately the state should set up an expert committee to recommend which of the subjects in the Concurrent List and Union List could be transferred to State List. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a fit subject to be transferred to State List from Current List.