The Hindu Editorial Analysis : 14th November 2022

The Hindu Editorial Analysis:

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We all are aware of the importance of reading The Hindu newspaper with the aspect of improving reading ability, easily comprehending paragraphs, getting updated with the current events, improving essay writing and many more. For a banking aspirant it becomes necessary to read editorials for vocabulary. In this article we are going to discuss the points of today’s editorials with practice questions and important vocabs.

The Hindu Editorial Analysis:

 

We all are aware of the importance of reading The Hindu newspaper with the aspect of improving reading ability, easily comprehending paragraphs, getting updated with the current events, improving essay writing and many more. For a banking aspirant it becomes necessary to read editorials for vocabulary. In this article we are going to discuss the points of today’s editorials with practice questions and important vocabs.

Saving the precious

  • The Ministry of water resources recently made public a report that gives a snapshot of India’s groundwater situation.
  • On the surface, there is good news, the total annual groundwater recharge-defined as the groundwater stored-for the entire country is 437.60 billion cubic meter(BCM) out of which the quantity extracted was 239.16 bcm.
  • A similar assessment in 2020 found that the annual groundwater recharge was 436 bcm and extraction 245bcm.
  • In 2017,recharge was 432 bcm and extraction 245 bcm.
  • The 2022 assessment suggests that groundwater extraction is the lowest since 2004, when it was 231 bcm.
  • A decrease in groundwater extraction may indicate better water management, however, the report-called the National compilation on dynamic ground water resources of India-itself says that the improvement is only “marginal”and may be explained natural conditions and changes in methodology that the central ground water board and States, which conduct the survey ,adopt.
  • In fact the number of groundwater blocks or wells used for estimation were more than those in previous years and it turns out that the percentage of blocks were groundwater war critically ‘low’ was around 14%.
  • Regions with the most blocks with critical groundwater levels are in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh , where, despite replenishable systems, indiscriminate groundwater withdrawal has depressed the water table.
  • Other endangered blocks are in Rajasthan and Gujarat too, where due to an arid climate, groundwater recharge itself is limited, and finally parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, telangana and Andhra Pradesh where due to inherent characteristics of crystalline water storing aquifers , groundwater availability is low.
  • That much more needs to be done to conserve groundwater is a foregone conclusion.
  • There is no Central law governing the use of groundwater and various states have their own laws on regulating its extraction that are deployed in a perfunctory manner.
  • A draft National water policy has recommended a shift in usage from water guzzling crops and prioritizing recycling over freshwater for industrial purposes.
  • While water remains a politically contentious subject in India, the climate crises should inspire consensus across the political spectrum on wasteful consumption of this precious resource.

Practice Questions

  • Why is there no Central law of governing the use of groundwater?
  • Discuss the recharge and extraction of water in different years.
  • What report has the ministry of water resources recently made?

Important Vocabs

  • Contentious- likely to cause argument
  • Guzzling- to drink quickly or eagerly
  • Perfunctory- done quickly as a duty without any interest
  • Consensus- agreement among a group of people
  • Foregone- to decide not to have or do something that you want

 

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