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Sunday, 23 June 2013


By Pratik Khandagle

As a huge natural calamity has stricken Uttarakhand claiming lives of hundreds of people and leaving thousands stranded and missing. The question arises that is this loss natural or man made?

According to the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India) report published in April this year, the Uttarakhand had no disaster management plan despite the region being highly disaster prone. The reason being fragile mountains,tectonic activity and frequent climatic changes in the region. 'The state authority was not functional' says the report .Because of this, the Central Government did not release any funds for Disaster Management of Uttarakhand. It shocking is that more than 600 people have lost there lives in between 2007-08 and 2011-12 in Natural calamities just because of negligence of Government.

Uttarakhand which is visited by thousands of pilgrims each year has now become a place
of chaos. Thousands of people living in relief camps and many missing, the issue of safety
has become a serious matter.

While the Indian Army is carrying the rescue operation, there are reports that the politicians are forcing the army personnel to rescue people of their state first and then the rest.The political parties are using this situation to prove that they are the best just keeping in mind the general elections of 2014. Our Netas are not concerned about the people who are in grief and shock. Instead, they are busy planning strategies to bank on this issue for managing their vote-banks.

It is high time that the people along with the army take matters in their own hands leaving the selfish Netas behind and start the rescue and without their interference. The so called people's representatives should understand that aerial surveys,visits and false promises are not going to do any good. If they really want to help the people, they should start working as a whole by burying their differences and blame games.There should also be a proper co-ordination between the Center and the State. The catastrophe in Uttarakhand appears very tragic and its high time for the Netas to open their eyes and start working for betterment of the situation.
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