Crime against humanity deserves the worst form of punishment. Interest of different nations has different legal system to protect the interest of their country. The enforcement of certain laws – like capital punishment; Special powers act to armed forces may have strong and supportive argument as it is about the security of their respective nations. Gross violation of human rights at certain parts of the country and other part of the world may receive severe criticisms from many who are concerned for Human values. Arguments may continue for certain human causes permitting each sides to stand tight with their act. But what about some issues like global warming, water scarcity and deforestation?
There is no wrong in saying that environment has no boundary. A massive destruction of forest or extraction of crude oil or mismanagement of natural water is among the issue which no nations could give reasonable arguments as it affect region beyond politically drawn boundary. After all, these issues concern about the humanity across the globe.
Reports about the scarcity of usable water have been top news at almost all newspaper in Manipur. The recently concluded state assembly session is a perfect example to show that people in the state do not get their exact share of drinking water. There were also criticisms to the part of the government responsible for making citizens available the water. Even a Minister was boycotted by a locals of kairenbikhok for misleading the house while replying question to an MLA. The criticism continue but on another perspective is it the fall out of what we human being had done during the last four five decades.
The state which have adequate rainfall annually now face acute shortage of water since the last couple of decades. Interestingly, during this period the state had also witnessed flood many times. In short the state suffer the ugly face of flood during rainy season while they had to bear drought in the remaining days . In view of the arising situation that we are facing right now, there is an urgent need to ponder on what went wrong?
Is it the people or is it the government who is responsible for the present crisis?
Deforestation that has been taking place illegally at different part of the state has been often blamed – both by government and the many social activists which is universally accepted by all. One thing we in the Imphal Times suggest is that we cannot completely blame to the people who are responsible for cutting the trees for their livelihood. It is the government which is responsible and why shouldn’t it be? It was all about their survival and mind it some people do not have any alternative for survival. In paper work government had passed many schemes to substitute the livelihood but it is an open secret that none of this schemes meant for the poor people had never been benefitted as the money meant by them had been pocketed by government authority who were assigned for implementation of the project.
Another matters, at which we in the IMPHAL TIMES is concerned is the poor understanding of the government department about the needs for storage of natural water underneath the earth. There seems to be complete lack of knowledge to the government authority about the need to let the earth absorbed any short of water. Clear example is the drain constructed under huge funding from the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM). The cubical shape drainage construction has no mechanism to let the drain water absorbed underneath the earth. This is not only the case at any government infrastructural development work there is no signed of the government authority showing concerned about the importance harvesting the rain water. Harvesting rain water does not meant that it should be stored in a tank or some man-made water storage tank. It is about harvesting inside the earth core which can be reused using other means.
The problem of water scarcity has been much talk and the matter was even put up at one of the sitting of the Manipur Legislative Assembly session by one MLA identified as L. Ibomcha. He had suggested many ideas to the government to create water body in and around the Imphal city.
It is urgently required that the government gives some special attention to solve crisis which could have been prevented with sincere effort.