Despite being blessed with generous rainfall almost throughout the year, Meghalaya still has to grapple with the aftermath.
Several areas in the hilly state get flooded during monsoons—when the rains are the most abundant and longer-lasting. However, just as the clouds recede and the frequency reduces, all the water flows away to the neighboring Assam and Bangladesh, leaving the citizens, farms, and forests wanting.
Earlier this week, the state cabinet approved a water policy, making Meghalaya the first state in the country to adopt one. The Better India spoke with IAS officer Sampath Kumar, the Commissioner and Secretary to the Community and Rural Development and Water Resources Departments in the state. He stands at the unique position of influencing villages to implement the policies aimed at conserving water resources. Read more