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Government of India Drought Manual 2016: A Vital Guide



  Nov 02, 2023

Government of India Drought Manual 2016: An Overview



The Centre’s Drought Manual of 2016 is a crucial document that serves as a guide for the management and mitigation of drought conditions in India. Created by the central government, it outlines various criteria, indices, and procedures for declaring a region as drought-affected. Below are some of its key aspects:

Drought Indicators: The manual specifies indicators like rainfall deficiency, soil moisture, and hydrological parameters to classify the severity of a drought.

Methodology: It lays out a standardized methodology for assessing the drought situation, making it easier for states to identify affected regions.

Roles and Responsibilities: The manual also defines the roles of central and state government bodies during a drought crisis.

Relief Measures: Various relief measures such as financial aid, water supply, and food security are discussed in the manual.

Monitoring and Review: Continuous monitoring and review mechanisms are set up for effective drought management.

The 2016 Drought Manual serves as a comprehensive guide for both administrative and technical bodies to systematically address the complexities associated with drought conditions. It is an essential document for those preparing for the government civil services examination to understand policy-level approaches to disaster management.

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