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The Inspiring Story Of The First Odia DG Of IMD


04 June 2019

Baibhav Mishra


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Bhubaneswar: Who says hard work and determination don’t pay off? This is the inspiring story of Mrutyunjay Mohapatra who took charge as the Director General of India Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi on Tuesday.

Coming from a remote village Rajgurupur in Ghanteswar area of Bhadrak district, Mohapatra did not see a railway station or a highway till he was in Std X. There were many good and challenging times through this journey, said Mohapatra in an exclusive interview to OMMCOM NEWS.

“I will invest my time, energy and knowledge judiciously to discharge the responsibility entrusted upon me to perfection. I am grateful for getting an opportunity to serve the nation and society in this capacity (as IMD DG),” he started.

He belongs to a family of priests who also took up farming to make a living. This humble Met scientist attributes all his achievements to the blessing of the almighty and his parents. “The journey from Rajgurupur to Delhi has been nothing less than a dream-come true.”

Mohapatra is the first Odia to hold the office of Director General of the IMD. A day into the office and he has already sketched his short-term and long-term goals.

Over the years India has made significant progress in the meteorology. However, there is a lot to be done in terms of technological advancement in our research and prediction models. Development in the fields of space technology, radar technology and ground-based alteration can enable us to make much more accurate and precise forecast, he said.

"Our aim at the IMD remains to gather and dissipate accurate information on time across the country. To improve this we will need to acquire high-powered systems and improve numerical models.”

Energy, industry, health, transport sector, aviation, maritime, railways, meteorology has a crucial role to play in all these sectors. Mohapatra has a target to improvise industry-specific sectoral-forecast which would augment productivity and boost the economy.

Besides, impact-based forecast tops his priority list. At present we predict rainfall, cyclones and related weather conditions. But over the next five years IMD will be reinforcing a model which can accurately predict the impact of an atmospheric activity over a particular area. “This can save lives, property and supplement disaster-management works,” he concluded.

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Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General, India Meteorological Department