Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein inaugurated a two-day workshop on ‘Developing Cadre of Para Hydrogeologist on Springshed Management’ at Namsai on September 7.
The workshop is a part of the ‘Spring Rejuvenation for Water Security in Himalaya’ collaborative between Arunachal University of Studies in Namsai and Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI) in Jorhat, Assam.
In his inaugural address, Mein emphasized on the importance of water resource management and need to develop one Jal Abhyaranya (water sanctuary) demonstration model in Namsai. He added that the topic of the workshop – ‘Spring Rejuvenation for Water Security in Himalayan Region’ – is a very pertinent one in today’s world as drinking water scarcity is a major issue gripping various parts of the world.
He informed that climate change or global warming is a burning issue in the entire world. “We have witnessed drastic change in the local climate too due to global warming. I must say that it is the right time to adopt and practice conservation measures in reality for the future generations and to make life sustainable in this globe,” said Mein.
The deputy chief minister spoke on the long association with RFRI Jorhat as it has been doing many research activities in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and had been a partner in providing technical guidance and research works in the state.
He said some of the areas in which they have helped are documentation and identification of forest types and butterflies that were rare, very rare and endemic and specific to the Northeast region and the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
“I believe that the knowledge the participants acquire through this workshop will be shared and disseminated to the people in the remote villages and to the whole of the community who are the real custodian of the natural resources and the forest vegetation,” said Chowna Mein.
He added that without the community participation, the main objectives of the project, which is to revive the natural springs or underground water, cannot be achieved. “I hope that the project will be implemented successfully based on the practically proven scientific method conducted by the scientists/research scholars and this project in our district will be a model project for other Himalayan regions to be emulated,” he said.
RSC Jayaraj, director Rainforest Research Institute, Jorhat through power point presentation informed about various governmental initiatives such as Article 47 of the Constitution of India which gives priority to clean drinking water; working on issues for optimal use of water resources by the Ministry of Water Resource etc.
Chairman, AUS, Ashwani Lochan, project investigator of RFRI Prasanta Hazarika also spoke on the occasion.