Minister Biswajit urges for efficient water usage
IMPHAL, 24th Sep: In connection with the 103rd Death Anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, Intellectual Forum of North East organised a one-day policy dialogue on the topic, ‘Water Crisis in Manipur: Issues and Intervention’ at the banquet hall of 1st MR here Wednesday.
Speaking as the chief guest, works minister Th Biswajit highlighted that the rate of rainfall in the state has decreased compared to the past, while temperature is soaring high.
Lack of water severely affects the socio economic condition, which then affects the agriculture sector. As such, we need to learn how to use and conserve water efficiently. However, many disregard the value of water and continue to waste it without a care in the world, he remarked.
In addition, the practice of Jhum cultivation in forest areas of the hills is another factor behind the water crisis and as such, the government need to come up with alternative livelihood options for the people practicing Jhum cultivation. Although the previous government had introduced a good policy to prevent frequent occurrences of floods and other disasters, it still lacks effective implementation, Biswajit contended.
Stating that there would be no shortage of water if a pond were set up near five paddy fields taking into account of their area size, he urged the people to conserve and use water efficiently for the sake of future generations.
In her speech as the guest of honour, secretary (Water Resources) Jacinta Lazarus said that the state government could not solve the water crisis alone, adding that it requires the concerted efforts of everyone.
She further said that the occurrence of flood and drought in the state this year, indicate that there have been some changes in the climate. As such, efforts should be taken up to conserve water and to discern the root causes that has led to drastic changes in the climate.
This would help bring a permanent solution to the crisis, she asserted.
Manipur University School of Physical and Mathematics Science Dean Prof N Rajmohon Singh presided over the dialogue, wherein MU Prof W Nabakumar took the chair while Prof N Nabachandra, Prof N Rajmohon, Dr Emanuel Varte and Dr T Brajakumar spoke as resource persons.