SHILLONG: The Border Security Force (BSF) observed: “Jal Shakti Abhiyan” campaign to address water scarcity in the country and focus on five aspects – water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development and intensive afforestation.
During this campaign, BSF Meghalaya Frontier has taken demonstrative measures/activities of water conservation. On August 5, approximately 200 troops, families and children from Umpling/Mawpat BSF Campus, Shillong participated in this campaign which started with an “oath-taking ceremony” followed by demonstrative lecture through officials of Central Ground Water Board/Central Water Commission.
Besides this, important dignitaries from Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation also delivered lecture on this important issue. The officials from Central Ground Water Board/Central Water Commission appreciated the zeal and enthusiasm of BSF troops for Jal Shakti Abhiyan Campaign. During this programme a Plantation drive at Children Park of Umpling and Mawpat BSF Camp also organized.
During this campaign, students from BSF Primary/Senior Secondary school participated in poem recitation, drama/path natika, drawing, painting and quiz competition on water conservation in BSF Campus and nearby local schools/villages.
UK Nayal, DIG/PRO of Meghalaya Frontier BSF said, “BSF started this campaign to battle water crisis and to ramp up rainwater harvesting and conservation efforts in BSF Headquarter as well as bordering area also.” On the other hand, a series of events were organized by Assam Rifles at Shillong in keeping with the “Jal Shakti Abhiyan”, campaign.
The series of events commenced with oath ceremony for the conservation of water by all ranks of Assam Rifles followed by tree plantation at various locations within the station. Maj Gen Balwinder Singh, VSM, Additional DG Assam Rifles presided over the ceremony.