Mother Nature is not so cruel. The moment when the people of this land started crying for water, she pours it from the sky.
But we are so cruel to her that the blessing was sabotage by wasting it at streets and other filthy potholes. In a world where technology had reached its height, where leaders of the western nations talk about building modern cities under the sea or somewhere at the sky, we in this portion of the earth do not know how to make good use of what Mother Nature has gifted us.
It is a known fact that during dry season people of this region faced acute shortage of water and during rainy season the place is normally flooded with the rain water. This phenomenon has been experiencing by the people for the past few decades.
No people of this generation have ever heard our great great grandfather facing such a disastrous phenomenon. This clearly shows that the present crisis of water is the creation of this generation.
One cannot simply blame on the mass deforestation as a result of the drastic situation being faced by the people. Politicians and those who are running the government cannot make their way out of this by blaming the citizens for not following the orders of the government.
Droughts and floods which were once only learnt through geography books and newspapers have now become routine event of this little state since the last two three decades.
As for the Imphalites from a small child who can read and write to those who hold top post in the government departments or those doing doctoral degree in any discipline, everyone knows that the kind of flood or draught that we the people of Manipur are facing every years is a man made one created by lack of proper planning on water management. Every time when the people faced such a situation there will be hue and cry from the side of the general public demanding the government for a proper water policy for the state. Even at the state assembly, some of the MLAs had brought up the issue and drew the attention of the government for proper management of water by framing a water policy. Concerned Ministers in the government every time assured to look into it but nothing visible action was seen taken up.
This is perhaps those in power responsible or looking after this section of department – say , for example the then Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) now converted into Water Resource department and Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) seems to be deliberately waiting for occurrence of flood or drought.
Everyone knows that when there is flood the Ministers or the authority of the government department looking after it are entitle to spend huge amount of money in the name of taking up relief measures. This fund utilized, only benefitted to those who are actually assigned to utilize it. So, if no draught or flood no special package or huge fund to utilized it at which they can manage to arrange to get their share.
Which means that those in the government never wanted a permanent solution to solve either flood or drought in this state which have adequate amount of rainfall every year.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.