With reference to one of my earlier posts on the drought India is currently battling with, I feel this drought has something more to write about. One of the reasons India was able to withstand the dreadful drought of 2002 is due to its efficient distribution system (no doubt, it has its own pros and cons). In the present drought, two most important aspects to be looked upon are:
- Shortfall of rain has taken its toll on the food production of our country. However, we still have productivity and distribution factors at our rescue.
- The economic slowdown experienced in the last one year (for some of us, even more than that) has depicted that – in times of crisis, markets are expected to drive limited resources to those places which not only needs them the most, but has the capacity and the ability to pay for it. The NREGS (National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) is expected to increase the purchasing power of the rural population and thereby increase their capacity to pay for the limited resources they can utilise most efficiently in times of drought.
To efficiently address the impact of drought in rural areas, agricultural productivity and distribution alongwith NREGS have a significant role to play.