INDIA’S WATER MAN APPEALS FOR COHESIVE WATERSHED DEVELOPMENT TO COUNTER DROUGHT

Climate Environment

While addressing the audience at the 52nd foundation day celebrations at Pune-headquartered BAIF Development Research Foundation (BDRF), the Water man of India, Sri Rajendra Singh urged the government to design an integrated watershed development approach to reduce the condition of drought in the country. Condemning the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), he cited that the scheme doesn’t focus on community-driven programmes and is completely contractor-driven and corporate-driven. The 2015 Stockholm Water Prize recipient called for an increase in canopy cover to reduce the phenomena of evaporation. He also warned that India must be ready to counter the adversities of climate change in coming years and must start relying on other alternatives resources.

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