LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Avoid Littering Near Water Bodies

WITH the local administration banning entry of public in most of the exotic waterfalls in Canacona, picnickers have discovered lesser known streams.

However, it has been observed that after they leave these places, they carelessly throw the trash behind, thereby polluting otherwise serene countryside.

The picnickers are responsible for leaving their waste which includes empty brewery bottles, wrappers, plastic water bottles, plastic plates and bags. Till now, we have cleared roadsides, markets and beaches of the filth.  It is now a new and immense challenge to free hills and rivers and streams from garbage. Do not litter near water bodies, instead plant trees in catchment areas of rivers and also on banks. Trees not only check soil erosion but also retain soil moisture and feed rivers to keep them flowing. Trees are also helpful. Not only do they look beautiful when they grow, but they also help in protecting the water bodies from pollutants. Vegetation also limits the carbon dioxide in the water, which balances out its pH level. Stop chemical pollution. If you notice someone throwing chemicals into the river or lake, or hear about such an incident inform your local authorities about the matter.

SAHILI SAWANT DESSAI,
CURCHOREM

On Goa’s Tap Water ‘Feat’

A few days back it was announced that Goa is the first state in India to provide piped tap water to each and every house. This was achieved under the Centre’s well-intentioned scheme of ‘Har Ghar Jal.’ Since the time the announcement was made with much fanfare by the Centre and state governments there have been believers and disbelievers if really all the houses in Goa have piped water. While commuting in a local bus I heard two friends discuss about this matter. One friend retorted to the other, “What you are talking must be a pipe dream! Are you sure it is ‘Har Ghar Jal’ and not ‘Har Ghar Mein Nal (tap)? It would be a watershed moment if the news is true. Do you remember that last year we were the first to be declared ODF? Was it Open Defecation Free or Open Defecation is for Free? Just check the news.” I hope that the guy is wrong and that every house in Goa would get jal through the nal.

SRIDHAR D’ IYER, CARANZALEM

Accept People Who Stammer

INTERNATIONAL Stammering Awareness Day (ISAD) is celebrated on October 22 worldwide. The day is designated to bring up public awareness of the issues faced by millions of people – one per cent of the world’s population – who stammer. In India too, millions of people are confronting the challenge of stammering. It creates trouble for education, interpersonal relationships, social activities, and finding employment. Stammers are isolated and many times judged incapable of jobs and marriage. The need of the hour is that people should accept stammering as human diversity and accept it extensively. If you face any person who stammers, listen to him patiently, give time to speak, and do not make any assumptions about it on the basis of stammering.

AMIT SINGH KUSHWAHA, 
MADHYA PRADESH