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Forest fire is threat to humanity
The arrest of two persons allegedly for setting fire to reserve forest at Hollongi
is a good step. The forest officials during a patrolling allegedly caught two persons
red-handed while they were setting fire to forest under Drupang forest reserve. Duo
was handed over to police and a case has been reportedly lodged against them. Forest
fire has emerged as the biggest enemy to the effort of green Arunachal. Every year
large number of forest cover is destroyed because of it. As per the survey conducted
by Forest Survey of India and ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) majority
of forest fire takes place during March and April month.
Of all the months in the last 7 years (2010 to 2016), March alone accounted for 57%
of all the forest fires followed by April (29%). February & May together accounted
for about 13% of all the fires while all the other months put together contributed
to about 1% of all the fires. In Arunachal too maximum number of forest fire takes
place from February to April. Hills around capital complex are the worst affected.
But unfortunately forest department has been found wanting on several occasions.
Also it should be noted that north-eastern states are in the list of top 10 states
that accounted for the highest number of forest fires between 2010 and 2016. Forest
fires are repeatedly cited as majorly contributing to the depletion of India’s forests
which function as invaluable carbon sinks. Additionally, forest fires release high
emissions of carbon and aerosols into the atmosphere. Therefore it is duty of every
citizen to remain vigil and stop forest fire. Hope forest department will take more
stringent action against those who intentionally cause fire forest.
---- Readers Forum ----
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight that months and months have
passed and we're yet to receive the scholarship. The first and the second installment
for stipend have already been received and the point is that those who applied for
scholarship did not receive stipend.
A friend of Arunachal studying in Rajasthan informed that his scholarship was already
awarded to him a month ago or before that.
Sources tell that the scholarship amounts for students have already been delivered
to directorate of higher and technical education, Arunachal Pradesh but it is not
The colleges in Arunachal are gearing up for the Semester Examinations and the colleges
are presumably closed meaning that the release of scholarship will be further delayed.
Many of the students have now decided that they are never going to fill up any scholarship
Unemployment and food waste
Unemployment is the main reason for India's colossal food wastage. According to Global
Hunger Index 2016, 15 per cent of India’s populations are undernourished from lack
of food and 194.6 million people go hungry everyday in India. Now, comes the irony.
Another recent report says that the value of food lost in India is nearly two-thirds
of what it costs the government to feed 600 million poor Indians. Why do our brothers
and sisters starve in the midst of food wastage? The answer is simple. Many Indians
are too poor to buy even minimum food. So, employment should be generated to create
a bridge between excess food and hungry mouths. It will be like putting the cart
before the horse if we just superficially target individuals to stop food wastage.
Know your Smart City
Most of us have read about the world history of different civilizations, but never
have come across the attainment of great pinnacle of human civilization, building
a “smart city”. Even in this 21st century, it is doubtful to assert to build the
“real smart city” elsewhere in Europe and the West, despite of having in them. The
process of human civilization we experienced is not an overnight task for an individual
or a community or a state or a country, to attain in such ‘A’ plus level of human
consciousness. Civilization is as such that moves parallel to the evolution of all
living things. Therefore, there need a behavioral changes. The stages of behavior
change are as follows: First, Pre-contemplation (unaware of the problem)- as comparing
to Pasighat context, roughly 95% people are in this stage, they are the common people.
Secondly, Contemplation (Aware of the problem and of desired behavior change)- 5%
are aware of the situation but without definite vision, they are the greedy rich
people. Thirdly, Preparation (Intends to take action)- of these 2.5% may fall in
this stage, they comprises a few learned people. Fourthly, Action (Practices the
desired behavior)-2% people are at this stage, here includes like scientists, philosophers,
thinkers, rational activists. Fifthly, Maintenance (Work to sustain the behavior
change)-0.5% may remain in this stage, at this stage only a few honest intelligentsia.
The aforesaid civilization process is also called community development process.
In a community, people identify the problems or issues. They decide what to do about
it, and then identify the reasons they need. They have to work together, then they
learn together and develop their skills. People see the benefits of their efforts
and they evaluate the results of their work together. Now, there may be different
definitions of smart city by different experts with time. As of now, “a city that
fulfills the following six characteristics is called smart city namely, smart people,
smart living, smart governance, smart economy, smart mobility and smart environment”.
Here, smart people means become highly educated, intelligent, consciousness is high,
have skills, rationally fast thinking, have innovative mind and creativity, act swiftly.
Smart living means sound health and mind with comfortable accommodation, produce
healthy crops and vegetables, consume healthy foods and water, work with core and
have work culture. Smart governance means the system govern by means of e-governance,
have accountability, transparent, corruption free, elect/select leaders of honest,
visionary, selfless, working from core. Smart economy means fast growth of income
and foods for the people, every citizen have standard of living, gap between rich
and poor is narrowed to one inch. Smart mobility means having fast and easy means
of transport and communication i.e. space, air, surface and water. Smart environment
means we have firstly, internal environment like individual, family, community remain
in peace, in conducive atmosphere, no conflict internally and secondly, external
environment means eco-friendly, no pollution, no destruction to forest, river, land,
and conserve and preserve animals and birds including all living creatures.
Dr. Kapang Ering
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