Jodhpur, September 25: On the penultimate day of the week-long tour organized by Press Information Bureau (PIB) Nagaland under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, journalists from Nagaland visited Recruit Training Centre (RTC), Jodhpur of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Arid Forest Research Institute (AFRI), Jodhpur.
Director Inspector General cum Principal of RTC, Mohinder Kumar received the visiting team and took around the centre where around 900 CRPF recruits from different parts of the country were undergoing physical fitness and arms & ammunition handling training.
The institute which was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in March this year is spread over 175 acres and it is capable of training 1,600 security personnel every year.
Interacting with the visiting team, DIG Kumar, who had served as an CRPF officer for three years in Manipur and Nagaland in the past and now posted as the principal of the institute for the last three months, was all praise for the people of the North East region.
The people of the region are very sincere, dedicated and positive, he said adding that even the soldiers recruited into different services from the region are hard-working and talented.
Speaking as an ambassador of the North East before his officers, Kumar said, “if you have not served in the North East, you have served nowhere”. He said the weather conditions are excellent in the region.
The DIG said that though the north east has some problems of insurgency and there have been contacts between the underground groups and the security forces, specially the Assam Rifles and Army, but there have been no clashes with the CRPF.
The CRPF is more engaged into civic action programmes to cater to the needs of the general populace so as to help them to over the social problems.
He said insurgency in the North East region has been mainly due to the negligence of the state and the government towards the welfare of the people. Nonetheless, he expressed happiness that presently there has been vast improvement in the overall scenario of the North East.
He also said that CRPF is ever willing to have the people of the region into the force.
Later the team visited the AFRI, Jodhpur under the Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education and interacted with the team of scientists led by Group Coordinator Indra Dev Arya.
AFRI is a research institute which conducts scientific research in forestry in order to provide technologies to increase the vegetative cover and to conserve biodiversity in the hot arid and semi-arid regions of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Rajasthan has 32,499 sq. km forest area while the forest cover under AFRI is 16,367 sq. km.
Dr Arya said that following the establishment of the institute there has been an increase of 7-8% of forest cover in Rajasthan while also stating that AFRI technologically engages into increase the forest cover and productivity ultimately leading to improving of the living condition of the people.
The trust area s of AFRI Jodhpur is to develop techniques for rainwater harvesting in arid areas and also to develop technology for afforestation on stress sites.
AFRI is mandated with forestry research for conservation of biodiversity and enhancement of bio-productivity in Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, with special emphasis on arid and semi-arid regions, said Scientist Dr Bilas Singh while making a power-point presentation on the institute.
AFRI Scientists Dr Tarun Kant and Dr M Hegde were of the view that though North East Region and specially Nagaland is rich in forest areas, but jhum/shifting cultivation is a prime concern as it is leading the area into deforestation.
Dr Kant while expressing that challenges of forestry are equal in all the areas, said that a a global effort has to be taken up to restore land degradation problems by 2030.
Administrative Officer of the institute, RK Malpani said taking cognizance of the expansion of desert, AFRI has undertaken sand dune stabilization, besides rain water harvesting. He said that some portion of land between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer has been made cultivable after land stabilization and also with the coming of Indira Gandhi canal to the state. (Page News Service)