Ministry for Disaster Prevention and Management


Elsewhere in this Blog, the need for separate full fledged ministries for Disaster Prevention and Management at the centre and the states has been stressed. The recent suffering of the people on account of heavy rainfall, water logging, floods etc underline the importance of the above suggestion. The work to be undertaken to prevent and manage the above mentioned disasters is so huge that existing arrangements are not sufficient. Even during this heavy rainfall season, while several lakes and dams are full and overflowing, several other lakes and dams are not full even to one third of the total height of the lakes and dams according to TV news reports. This shows that the lakes and dams need to be connected with each other. The water bodies need to be desilted every year. This is a huge task and if undertaken fully, the Ministry would be one of the largest spending ministries.

The suggested ministry should handle not only floods and waterlogging, but also drought, artificial rains, fires, winds, earthquakes, landslides and other disasters


If I were the Prime Minister of India


If I were the Prime Minister of India,the priorities of the government of India would be:

1. to initiate action on linking the rivers in the country,establishing weather research and monitoring institutes, refining artificial rain technology and setting up at least one artificial rain making station in each district;

2. to create separate Ministry of Disaster Prevention and Management so that disaster prevention is an on going programme and would minimize the damages of the disasters; increase steeply the procurement prices of agricultural produce and introduce procurement of vegetables and fruits when their prices fall down; initiate action to atleast double the length of railway lines

5. to initiate action to triple the length of roadways and widen it the highways to 4/6 lanes use space science to locate underground mineral and water resources use atomic energy not only for electricity but also in other areas like agriculture, health, mining, constructing long tunnels for diverting some of the west flowing rivers to the east, constructing dams etc. use religions(all) for moulding the character of the people, to minimize violence, terrorism etc.

If were the Minister for Water Resources of a state in India


If were the Minister for Water Resources of a state in India, I would:

a.Link the rivers in the state with each other and with lakes

b.Order removal of all karuvelam and other trees from all lakes

c.Deepen the lakes

d.Allow people to take soil newly deposited by the streams , thus dredging without any expenses for the government/panchayat

e.Remove all obstacles for rainwater draining in the lakes

f.Remove all restrictions in putting up bore wells as the water level will come up with lakes holding more water and for longer time with deepening of the same

g.Will remove limits/restrictions on putting up drip irrigation facilities

h.will set up research stations and encourage private research stations for research on refining technology to make artificial rain with a view to bring down the cost

i.Will set up artificial rain making facilities in all the districts

j.Will encourage studies on locating pure water along the sea coast, as it is believed that at a certain depth, pure water exists along the coast

k.Will set up research institutes on evolving sea salt resistant crops and take sea water into the land for irrigating salt resistant crops

l.Will set up research institutes to study the quantum of water prevented by trees from recharging the ground water, to understand how many more trees are to be planted or whether we have more trees than required

m.Set up desalination plants along the sea coast