Union minister of science & technology, Harsh Vardhan, dedicated an SMS based weather information and disaster alert system to the nation as an observance to the good governance day.
Shailesh Nayak, secretary, ministry of earth sciences and chairman, ESSO and LS Rathore, director general of meteorology, along with the senior officers of the ministry was present on this occasion.
“The SMS based weather alert system is a component of the Digital India programme which is a flagship programme of government with a vision to transform our country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy,” Vardhan said.
The minister said a provision was being made for issue of SMS alerts to general public who would be required to register on India Meteorological Department website (email@example.com) for this purpose.
India Meteorological Department has taken various initiatives in recent years for improving weather forecast and warning services based on latest technologies, including information and communication technology. The improvement in cyclone warning systems resulted in significant reduction in loss of life and property during the recent incidents.