SBI Associate PO 2010 Question 176

Instructions

In making decisions about important questions it is desirable to be able to distinguish between ‘strong’ arguments and ‘weak’ arguments ‘Weak’ arguments are those which are of minor importance and also may not be directly related to the question or may be related to a trivial aspect of the question
Each question below is followed by three arguments numbered (A) (B) and (C) You have to decide which of the arguments is a ‘strong’ argument and which is a ‘weak’ argument

Question 176

Statement:should there be a cap on drawing groundwater for irrigation purposes in India ?
Arguments:
(A)No irrigation is of prime importance for food production in India and it is heavily dependent on groundwater in many parts of the country
(B)Yes water tables have gone down to alarmingly low levels in some parts of the country where irrigation is primarily dependent on groundwater which may lead to serious environmental consequences
(C)Yes India just cannot afford to draw groundwater any further as the international agencies have cautioned India against it

Solution

From the point of view of adequate food production, utilization of ground water resources is quite important.
However, it is also true that the ground water table has gone down to an alarming level in certain parts of the country.
Hence, A and B are strong arguments.



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