Central team arrives to take stock of Jal Shakti Abhiyan in Longding

LONGDING, 26 Jun: A two-member central team, comprising NITI Aayog Joint Secretary KS Rejimon and Bhubaneswar-based Central Ground Water Board hydrology scientist Mausumi Sahoo, arrived in Kanubari in Longding district on a three-day visit to take stock of the progress of the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain 22’ and discuss ways for its effective implementation.

Soon after their arrival, they held a meeting with DC Bani Lego and heads of various line departments.

Speaking on the occasion, Rejimon stated that climate change is a reality and it may lead to water crisis in the near future. He emphasised the need to “work on rejuvenation of the sources through various methods.”

Sahoo spoke on the need to take precautionary steps to save the district from falling into the ‘water stressed’ category.

Kanubari MLA GD Wangsu also spoke. “When we talk about global warming and climate change, people think it is a European concept and a European problem, which is not the case. Climate change is a reality; it is at our doorsteps,” he said.

The MLA said that adequate funding along with clear guidelines and incentives are important for the success of any scheme or programme.

Earlier, the heads of line departments highlighted the activities carried out under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan. (DIPRO)