Imphal Aug 5,
Moltuk Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised Defence Personnel Day in connection with the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ on yesterday. The event was aimed at security forces contributing towards an inclusive effort for ensuring the success of the campaign, which focuses on improving the water table in 256 water stressed districts across India.
In the run-up to this special event, the troops of Moltuk battalion interacted with the locals in Chandel District and identified villages where ‘pilot project for rain-water harvesting’ can be implemented. Further the battalion with the help of District Administration, Chandel collected saplings to be planted in its area to boost the water-retention capability of the soil.
On the day of the event, the dedicated team of Moltuk battalion interacted with the locals and highlighted the five aspects of Jal Shakti Abhiyan viz water conservation, rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development and intensive afforestation. Thereafter, a widespread tree-plantation drive was organised with large-scale involvement of security forces and locals. More than 3000 saplings were planted in the Khengjoi Sub Division with fruit bearing trees planted along the inner circles of the villages and bigger canopy trees further to the outer periphery.
Efforts of the battalion for its contribution in the plantation drive and helping them to deal with water scarcity in the region were appreciated by the locals. The event concluded with the collective resolve of carrying out more such initiative in future and also ensuring the survivability of the saplings planted during the plantation drive.