Kota Sriraj

Sanitation message gets a fillip

Thursday, 17 Aug 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Even as the Government has shown it’s commitment to make India defecation-free by building more toilets, India still has miles to go. The facilitation of a crucial behavioural change alone can alter the mindset of people and stop them from defecating in the open Sanitation woes have plagued India since time...

When recycling becomes a taxing affair

Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

The Government must review Goods and Services Tax levied on scraps, especially plastic, paper, cardboard and glass. The imposition of a steep tax of 18 per cent on all kinds of scrap material is flummoxing and difficult to comprehend for both customers and waste generators India generates more than 1,00,000 metric...

Making farmers resilient to climatic variations

Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Indian agriculture has been on the back-foot due to persistent crop failures. What has worsened matters are man-made challenges. The Government has a herculean task to not only retrieve the sector from the vice-like grip of deteriorating environment but also restore the confidence of the farmers Agriculture in India is not...

Climate change has been ignored enough

Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Of late, floods have shown a pattern of regularity and increasing intensity. What complicates matters is the failure of State Governments to release funds, which adversely affects the flood management system. Corrective measures are needed urgently The recurrent annual floods across India and the Asian region have been showing an unmistakable...

Extreme weather can lead to dispute

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Climate change is a multi-faceted danger which is not only a threat to the existence of this world but which causes large displacement and subsequent conflict triggered by unpredictable natural disasters. Immediate measure is need of hour The year 2016 bore testament to the fact that extreme weather related events riding...

Healthy, vibrant oceans are a must

Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

It is unfortunate that mankind has valued the oceans merely for their mineral wealth or for lucrative economic corridors they provide between continents. We must understand that healthy and vibrant oceans are critical for life sustenance and it is in our interests to ensure that they are in good shape In...

Hazardous waste on the rise

Thursday, 06 Jul 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

With over one billion mobile phone subscribers, India is the fifth largest e-waste generator in the world. Eradicating lack of awareness for disposal and waste collection targets by the Government and the private sector is the need of hour The National Democratic Alliance Government’s slew of ambitious campaigns such as the...

Time to swim across sea of problems

Thursday, 29 Jun 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Rising sea levels have now become a global problem. To this point, India must set the global pace in cutting down on emissions in order to reduce the happenin. It can do so by initiating control on the production of four pollutants: Black carbon, methane, ozone and hydrofluorocarbons The rapid...

Food for thought, and for urgent action

Thursday, 22 Jun 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Global food loss and waste annually generate 4.4 gigatonnes of C02, equivalent or about eight per cent of the total greenhouse gas emission. This puts the contribution of food wastage emissions to global warming at par with global road transport emissions The spectre of food shortage has always been a growing...

Climate change resilience needed

Thursday, 15 Jun 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Climate change and the resultant increase of mean temperature in different parts India is a grave situation which needs immediate action to check deaths and the health hazards caused by harmful, and fatal heat waves India is earnestly looking forward to a much-needed normal monsoon this year. If the predictions of...


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