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Involve Citizens In Water Conservation

The recent news of Indian Railways ferrying 50,000 litres of water wagons to Chennai residents is overwhelming. The relief provided by Indian Railways ‘water train’ to ferry drinking water at the time of acute water crisis is commendable. The Ministry of Railways and Southern Railways should be lauded for such a noteworthy effort to help people quench their thirst. The government, on the other hand, should now extensively involve citizens to put an effort to conserve water. Mere dependability on water trains to quench the thirst at short notice should not be the end of the road. Meticulous planning to conserve water including initiating steps to rainwater harvesting will help every citizen satisfy the need of water. The efforts now to conserve water at micro level and public awareness programmes regarding the same should increase manifold. Chennai’s acute water crisis is a wakeup call to all the citizens to use water judiciously and help conserve water for a better future. Government may also involve multiple stakeholders and agencies to bring in efficiency and innovation in water conservation. An effort should be made to reach out to international water agencies across the globe to understand and adopt smarter ways to conserve water and help citizens to consume it in a judicious manner. A new water policy primarily aimed at better steps to conserve water may also be looked into in order to avoid such a crisis arising yet again in the summer of 2020.

VARUN DAMBAL, BENGALURU

Wrong To Protest By Pouring Milk On Road

It was shocking to note that several farmers reportedly emptied thousands of litres of milk near the Goa legislative assembly complex at Porvorim while protesting the rejection of over 4,000 litres of milk by Surat District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd (SUMUL). It is understood that the milk supplied by the farmers was rejected because it had failed the quality test. Be that as it may, it must be said that wastage of thousands of litres of milk by the farmers by pouring it on the road is not a proper way to register one’s protest. This is a real waste of a food item, which could have been utilised in a proper manner. The farmers could have protested by sending the milk to the schools in the locality and in the neighbouring villages for consumption as part of the mid-day meal for the schoolchildren to prove that the milk is fit for consumption. Pouring the milk on the road only adds credence to the allegation that the milk is unfit for consumption. Obviously by this action, the farmers have suffered a loss. But then distributing the milk to the schools would have earned the farmers goodwill and probably even support in their fight for justice from the parents of the schoolchildren.

ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO

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