Dimapur, March 14: The Nagaland Chapter of Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) Division of INTACH on Thursday organized an all-India painting competition on ‘Paani Ki Kahani – My water My Heritage.’ A total of 52 students from seven different schools from the state participated in the competition that was held here at Don Bosco Institute for Development & Leadership (DBIDL), Dimapur.
Thangi Mannen, IAS (Retd), said during the inauguration that the contest is being held all over the country and there will be 10 winners in the end. She mentioned that in the past three winners have had emerged from Dimapur.
Talking about the water related crisis that the world is facing, she said in her speech that the water management in the present context has been disastrous and the climate change is only impacting the water resource more leading to floods and droughts and warned the students that they must not make the mistake of taking the ground water for granted as it will run out too and in the future there will be wars for water.
She asked the students to take responsibility for their future and do something for the preservation of water and blamed the extensive use of plastics, particularly those which are used only once, as a major factor for the water scarcity and pollution.
“Try to reduce plastic use,” she said and added that the water pockets in Nagaland are disappearing and rivers, including Dhansiri, are full of garbage. She said that even the plastic and thermocol plates are adding toxins to the human body and according to a study micro-plastic now has contaminated almost 80% of fresh water sources and the young students therefore must create pressure to the government and other bodies as they have the potential to influence and bring changes.
Sentila T Yanger, who is the convenor and T.L. Merry, co-convenor were also present during the occasion and addressed the gathering of students, teachers and others.
The seven schools that participated in the competition were Christian Higher Secondary School, Ram Janaki Higher Secondary School, Hollotoli School, Cornerstone Higher Secondary School, St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Christina Memorial Higher Secondary School, and Bathesda Higher Secondary School. (Page News Service)