Jajpur, Feb 3 (LocalWire): While addressing a youth conclave, “Arunima,” organized by the TATA steel at Kalinganagar in Jajpur district this Saturday, the 70-year-old Padma Shree Awardee Daitari Nayak, who dug a 3 Km-long canal to bring water to his village Baitarani under the Banspal Block of Keonjhar district, stressed upon the need to conserve the water bodies in the state.
Addressing his audience, Nayak said, “Traditionally the sole sources of water in the tribal areas, these Waterfalls and springs are drying up fast and we need to act faster on our need to conserve them. The increasing rate of deforestation has adversely affected these resources.”
Nayak added that the conservation of rainwater from the very first day of the monsoon is necessary on which the government and private sectors should spend money and build rainwater harvesting structures in the houses, schools and public places. The District Mineral Fund (DMF) should be judiciously used to provide water to all the tribal villages.
In order to inspire the youth, Nayak shared the hardships he came across his four year-long-journey during which he single-handedly carved out the canal from the Gonasika Mountains in Keonjhar district to the parched land downstream to ensure the flow of water for cultivation
During the conclave, Nayak interacted with around 400 youngsters of Jajpur.
Since 2017, Arunima has been a one-stop platform to acknowledge the efforts of students, youth, women and farmers and is organized annually by the Tata Steel’s Sukinda, Bamnipal and Kalinganagar operations.
An official from the Tata Steel informed LocalWire that the event’s theme for this year is based on a strong felt need to focus on water in the ecosystem and is inspired by the United Nations’ mission of declaring 2018-28 as the Water Decade.
Edited by Meenal Singh