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Somnath Jha

Deputy Supdt. of Police

Department of Home, Govt. of West Bengal, India Expertise:  More than seven years experience in Numerical Climate Simulation with special reference to regional climate simulation to study the monsoon meteorology. More than five years of experience in Crop Simulation Modeling to investigate various sensitivity studies of impact on crop yield. Experience in Risk Modeling for weather based risk product development.

Somnath Jha completed his Masters of Science in Agricultural Physics from Indian agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India from 2003-2005; he completed his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India in 2012; he served as Senior Modeler in Risk Management Solutions Inc., Newark, CA from 2010 to 2013; he served as Deputy Magistrate & Deputy Collector, Govt. of West Bengal, India between 2013 to 2015; he joined as Deputy Supdt. of Police, Department of Home Department, Govt. of West Bengal, India in June, 2015. He has contributed many journal papers, presentation, conferences and delivered lecture, lead talk and guest lectures in Indian Meteorological Society, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, India; Administrative Training Institute, West Bengal; Micro-Insurance Round Table Conference (MiRT), NTU, Singapore etc . He cherished a rare experience of cross-disciplinary angle across science, corporate, civil services towards the climate-agriculture-food insecurity aspects.

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QQuestion by Dr swati mitra

Dear Mr. Jha,

We all know about the impact of climate change and its impact.I have two questions:
1. You being in the government would be in a better position to explain that why hasnt. the government been unable to use all the technology in practice and in the process this could ensure farmers do not commit suicide?

2.Dont. you think DRR & CC need to be integrated in govt.?

Dr swati mitra Founder Consultant | Centre for Disaster Risk Resilience

APosted on 11 Oct 2015

Dear Dr.Mitra,

Thank you very much for the questions which reflect a common problem in many tropical countries. 

It is true that there is a gap between the process of scientific community, the think tank and the farming community, the farming practising community in the tropical developing countries. The translation of all technological exploits has not been accomplished into the general practices of the farmer. The slow response system in the community integration especially from the planners to govt. bureaucratic wings to extension system to farming community. Thus, a lack of vibrant incident response system in true sense, is one of the major source of this non realising part of knowledge. There is need of fast interacting and response system of feedback receiving and solution catering practice to channelise the full potential of scientific and technological progress to be found in the practices of the most commonest farmer.   There is a need of change and remodeling of transactions among various wings of govt. to usher in a those positive technological feedbacks into common farmers practices. This can ward off the incident like farmers suicide.

Yes, DRR and CC should be integrated to the Govt.policies. in fact these are integrated in one way or other into the Govt.policies but mere inclusion is not enough. There should be meaningful integration instead of mere inclusion of the same. DRR and CC would provide a vision to judiciously frame out the vulnerability of the area specific to the problems. This integration would enable the policy guideline during the rare crisis moment to provide a rapid solution.