Disasters can become a learning experience. Think of irrigation department in Madhya Pradesh, and one is forced to think of Arvind Joshi, an IAS officer sacked after an income tax raid on his house yielded Rs three crore in cash. Joshi was heading the water resources department in MP at the time of the raid eight years ago.
“That was the turning point,” says Radheshyam Julaniya, additional chief secretary of water resources department. The senior IAS officer, known to be brutally frank, ads: “If Arvind Joshi had not happened, things might not have changed so fast.”
When Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan hand-picked an unwilling Julaniya to head the tainted department in the aftermath of the scandal, the situation was not exactly rosy.
Julaniya turned the challenge into an opportunity. Apart from government canals, MP has managed to establish an impressive network of tube wells, dug wells and ponds by incentivising private endeavours like Kapildhara. Continue reading “Behind MP’s Amazing Irrigation Growth”