Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Oct 2017 11:56:44

THE ambitious road projects plan worth Rs. seven lakh crores, announced by the Union Government the other day, holds enormous possibilities. And this is discernible in the enthusiasm of the man incharge of giving concrete shape to that dream --- Road Transport and Shipping Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari. He says that over the next five years the Rs. seven lakh crore road and shipping projects will translate into works worth Rs. 25 lakh crore and lead to creation of one crore jobs. This is not building castles in the air. The targets are within the realm of possibility. Such infrastructure projects have the potential of rolling out much spin-off in allied sectors too. This massive public sector investment should also spur investment in the private sector too, particularly in steel and cement. And that is what the Government has in mind -- to revive investment in private sector. Government’s spending in infrastructure in such massive measure should trigger investment in private sector and speed up employment generation. Results would be a matter of time.


THOUGH the efficacy of the new tool developed by the US scientists to forecast monsoon in India is yet to be tested, the latest research may help in bettering the prediction of the most unpredictable weather system that affects lives of crores of people each year. Famous Indian scientist late Dr Vasant Gowarikar had developed a model based on several parameters, which has been proved successful in predicting monsoon, given an error of plus minus five per cent. Despite this, the India Meteorological Department often draws flak for its so-called poor prediction of monsoon. This is, however, understandable given the fact that farmers are totally dependent on monsoon rains. Failure of monsoon not only gives a deadly blow to farmers but also to the nation’s economy, which agriculture-driven.Thus, traditional methods of predicting monsoon are still prevalent in many parts of the country. Against this backdrop, more scientific research on monsoon prediction is always welcome. In fact, scientists around the globe should work in tandem to predict monsoon.