MOSDAC – A Dingy Joint?

An Introduction to the subject of the piece….

Welcome to MOSDAC !

Efficient Data Portal to satisfy vast Meteorological & Oceanographic data needs of researchers.

The data centre archives the meteorological & oceanographic data products from ISRO science missions.

MOSDAC OBJECTIVES

  • Application of Space Technology for the benefit of the comman man.
  • Weather forecasting, cyclone prediction & continuous weather & ocean data availability.

Lest they change, the contents, here is the screenshot of their home page

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Now the purpose of this piece. When the nation was reeling under one of the worst disasters – Uttarakhand Floods 2013, questions were raised on the Disaster Management Capabilities of the Uttarakhand Government as also the Central Agencies (including forecasting agencies like MOSDAC)

Out of the blue, even before the floods had dried, MOSDAC releases a document with a “Forecast” (Special attention to words in red being used) and claims that they did issue an actionable forecast and they found an ally in Headlines today.

Fair enough, Mr Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) did go hammer and tongs both on air & on Social Media. He was scathing on the way the report was treated with utter disdain (as they have always done), ignored & not acted upon, possibly ended up killing 10,000+ lives (numbers as per Uttarakhand speaker on 1st July) and which the world knows is significantly higher. His tweets says the story

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And then Lo!!! on 2nd July, the Forecasting agency does a U-Turn. Their document. From an Forecast, everything is changed into Experimental Run… Awwwww…  (Click here for current version of the document on MOSDAC site that says it was ExperimentalEven the home page is “touched up” with that word Experimental on 2nd July.

It doesn’t even require a sub-zero IQ to guess the reasons for this U-turn. But what these “eminent Scientists” did not bargain for – Social Media is ever watchful and alert. You cannot get away with peanuts let alone murder. The guys who design and launch satellites into space apparently don’t realize that s small nut/bolt could bring their reputation & the Satellite down into ocean bed of Bay of Bengal.

Images below tells a sinister story of downright Cheating & Cover-up. At the cost of its own image, MOSADAC sold its integrity

CloudburstForecast-FudgingLittle did they realize that the original document (dated 18th June 2013) was downloaded by many in the social media (including yours truly) as soon as it was published. And in a brazen (or stupid?) manner goes ahead and modifies that document today (2nd July 2013) leaving a trail of stinking debris all over the e-world

Check this screenshot

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What is this now. Tell-tale signs of fudging and attempts to cover-up. What is weird and noteworthy about it

  1. Author with ID (7307030094) was the same in both documents.
  2. Original document created on 18/06/2013 and modified on 02/07/2013
  3. WEIRD! FORECAST DOCUMENT FOR 16TH JUNE CREATED ON 18TH JUNE? 

For all legal purposes the forecast issued forms a record which by definition cannot be revised/edited unlike a document

Drawing on Widely Accepted definition: 

A document provides guidance and/or direction for performing work, making decisions, or rendering judgments which affect the quality of the products or services that customers receive. 

A Record on the other hand proves that some type of required  system action took place. Sometimes documents become records

There is thus a criminality in the act of MOSDAC who have tampered with a record.

Someone has to answer. Government, obviously under whose instruction MOSDAC tampered with the RECORD and definitely MOSDAC

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