icrn phw energy cse dte gobar times rwh csestore iep aaeti

Accepted that we require both the electricity for development and healthy environment for sustainability, we require to draw rational line so that one should not harm other and development can be achieved with minimal environmental loss.

By sambhaji
April 17, 2013 | Building dreams for homeless

Yes, they do need renewal of decent accomodation for another five years for themselves, albeit the wish may or may not be granted.
But, whoever get the tenancy for the next five years would certainly have assured trophy of lakhs of crores of rupees to grease their palm well!

By zztkgapatna
April 17, 2013 | Rolling back the architect

Excellent work! As an architect I'm a bit surprised by the pre-conceived idea that taking into consideration the lifestyle of people is considered against "architectural principles", and that "beyond a point architecture starts to fade", because everything the articles describes is actually genuine, real architecture. Architecture taken seriously, I would say. Or maybe it's like what Sunita Narain calls "training the engineer, not the Ganga": Here it would be, training the architect, not the people. But that's exactly what an architect (who is not into commercial repetition of standardised so-called "solutions"), is required to do. Bravo, Durganand Balsawar and your colleagues! And thanks to Avikal Somvanshi for the interesting reporting.

By Laurent Fournier
April 17, 2013 | Degree without honours

What is missed is that India has 1 doctor per 2,000 population already. the shortage in rural areas is due to the flow to the cities plus the flow abroad. we produce enough doctors to meet the WHO standards (1 per 1,000). The need is to work out why 4 of 5 doctors already in INDIA do not want to stay in rural postings. There are certain felt needs that make doctors leave rural postings very fast. If we fulfil those needs we can at least double (if not triple)the numbers opting to work in the villages. Without waiting for any new course! Even the Chattisgarh rural practitioners are heading away from the villages. On the other hand, the 3 year course done twenty years earlier in West Bengal resulted in many Medical assistants staying in PHCs and later doing an extra 2 year course. there around 1,000 such Assistant Medical Officers who stayed on. Others like nurses and pharmacists who have spent many years in the rural areas need to be recognized and given bridge courses to allow them to become AMOs as well


For being the only non scientist and non engineer working in Pollution Control Board regulatory regime, I have been experiencing this difficulty of common sense and common calculation being disputed by Engineering calculations. Personal experience being questioned by Laboratory Readings.

Very peculiar, that Laboratory can give the results you want to see, or they want you to see. The sample, the result and the interpretation all not only question but also dispute the public experience.

Life is not corroborated experiment but real experience.

I recall some time back how one EIA report wrote about Mango trees since the Data Entry Operator/EIA Essayist did not know of Mangroves. Every day I encounter this type of experience.

Excellent editorial which makes people who feel helpless like me seeing our experience reflecting on your esteemed fortnightly.



Just I have read your write up `Training Engineers, not Ganga'. Here you wrote `rivers should not be trained; it’s Indian water and hydropower engineers who need re-training'. Here is a very excellent sentence that you use in it. I like it. But when engineers read this they will be angry with you.

Touhidur Rahman

By Touhidur Rahman

Thanks for flagging the important issue. Very well written. Look forward to the next article. Would it be possible for you to put in the public domain the work done by the CSE team on the alternative e-flow scenarios?

By Raja (S K) Deshpande
April 17, 2013 | A green facade

Agree 100% with you madam. Either the Govt or the industry itself should set up a mechanism to measure the energy used/ saved. Without metrics it is all hogwash. For if glass exteriors are not suitable in our climate, then one should go in for an alternative design.

By Ashish

Timely and rightly said; its time for paradigm shift - to adopt "policies as to how much of discharge need to be harnessed" to keep the rivers alive. A re-estimation of hydropower potential is called for, not to be surprised by the frank opinion of Ms. Sunita Narain.
It's time to enforce "sustainable development" paradigm in our polices for natural resource utilisation.

By nk agarwal, Geo-Consultant & Advisor
April 17, 2013 | Degree without honours

WIll this improve the manpower situation in rural area? No. This will only improve the statistics of manpower availability not their actual availability. Actually the problem is not the availability of manpower but the "willingness to live and work in rural areas". Even the ANMs who are supposed to live in the Subcentres, seldom live there. There is a general tendency that when a person starts earning regular income, they move to urban area mainly for kid'd schooling. The new initiative will only add to another dissatisfied cadre of public health personnel in the long run. Secondly, it is not so much the unwillingness of doctors to serve in the rural areas but the inability of the government to address the doctor's cadre as special because of the nature of their work and provide them facilities/incentives at par with their counterpart in cities. We don't need to look to China or Cuba, our armed forces or PSUs have successfully kept their cadres motivated while posting them in remote locations.

By Dilip Jha
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