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Re: Barun's op-ed



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In the Us and in other civilized countries, much information colected by
the govt., e.g., weather et al is open for public view. In India, with
4000 years of civilization behind her, everything collected by govt.,
including toilet paper in govt. owned bathrooms, is secret!! No wonder
the poor sods living along Orissa'a coastline, many of whom have no
access to the net /bbc /cnn were left at the mercy of the killer
cyclone.

>Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 19:42:36 -0800 (PST)
>From: Charu datt <charuX@lucent.com>
>To: debate@indiapolicy.org
>Subject: Re: Barun's op-ed
>Reply-To: debate@indiapolicy.org
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>i believe this is factually incorrect, at least in the US-
>
>the US gulf [of mexico] coast and atlantic coast is regularly visited
by
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>cyclones/hurricanes and, afaik, none of the tracking is done
>by private insurance funded agencies. all the tracking
>is done by _government_ agencies, primarily the
>us national weather service. it is this 'free' information
>that private media disseminates via broadcast and cable.
>
>-charu
>
>"Dr. Sanjeev Sabhlok" wrote:
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>> Couldn't agree more. Insurance-weather forecasting linkup is
>critically
>> necessary. Will endorse this to those who decide these things. SS
>>
>> From: Liberty Institute <liberty@giasdl01.vsnl.net.in>
>> Subject: Orissa's Cyclone - a man-made disaster
>>
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>........
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>> In many parts of the world, weather forecasting is an attractive
>business
>> proposition. Linked with the insurance sector, this is the most
>efficient
>> tool for dissemination of such information to rural communities and
>> fisher-folks. In a competitive marketplace, there would be a premium
>on
>> quality of such information. And the incentive structure would be
such
>that
>> it would make business sense to provide advance information about
such
>an
>> event, to ensure that adequate precautions are taken to minimize the
>loss,
>> and to institute relief and rebuilding process at the earliest.



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