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Government unveils panchayat-level weather services

The announcement was made during the unveiling of the logo commemorating the 150th anniversary of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in New Delhi.

Rijiju highlighted the pivotal role that the IMD is poised to play in the future, with the Earth Sciences Ministry having prepared vision documents to achieve these objectives. Stressing the importance of prioritizing science for the nation's development, Rijiju urged a collective commitment to disaster-resilient and climate-friendly initiatives in weather management. He envisioned India assuming a leadership position in global climate and weather-related studies.

Mrityunjay Mohapatra, Director General of IMD, highlighted the IMD's historical significance since its establishment on January 15, 1875, in providing standardized information for public benefit and effective weather management. To celebrate its 150th anniversary, a year-long commemoration will kick off on January 15 next year, culminating on January 15, 2025.

Dr. M. Ravichandran, Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, underscored the need for awareness programs to effectively communicate to society about the possibilities and limitations of forecasting.

By Manish Poswal 

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