July 31, 2014
Trinamool MP Tapas Mandal speaks in LS on the flood and drought situation in India
Trinamool MP Tapas Mandal today spoke onthe flood and drought situation prevailing in India. Focussing on the problemsfaced by the dry areas in Bengal, like Purulia and Bankura, he used hisexpertise as a Professor to make suggestions to remodel the irrigation andagriculture system to tide over drought.
He demanded that the MOU between theCentral Ground Water Board and Indian Institute of Remote Sensing to survey thesituation of lands be extended all over India with more outlays. He stressed oncrop management system and asked Govt to promote crop diversification. He saidstress must be laid on growing crops that require less amount of water.
Mr Mandal also asked the Govt to set upbranches of CRIDA all over India, specially in dry areas like Purulia andBankura. He said the Govt must provide assistance to the farming community. Healso suggested the introduction of micro-irrigation system.
Tapas Mandal also talked about therecurrence of floods due to release of water by DVC. He urged the Govt to startdredging to prevent such occurrences in the future.
In the end, he raised an issue in hisconstituency. “In my constituency, the beds of the rivers Ichhamati and Churni areat high level. Every year, the people of this area are affected by floods. Irequest the Minister to take necessary steps to dredge the rivers so that thepeople of the area will be benefited,” said Mr Mandal.