Each team will have 100 members; forces for all grama panchayats

Minister for Water Resources P.J. Joseph said here on Saturday that the government would constitute ‘Jalakarma Sena’ (water task force) in all grama panchayats in the State to tackle the threat of drought.

Delivering the Republic Day message after hoisting the national flag at SKMJ Higher Secondary School, Mr. Joseph said each water task force team would have 100 members. He said the government would take all measures to tackle the drought-related crisis.

Rainwater harvesting

Mr. Joseph said all water sources would be conserved and water tanks would be installed in all houses for rainwater harvesting. The government has directed Collectors to distribute drinking water in vehicles wherever necessary.

Preference will be given to Wayanad as many areas in the district faced acute water shortage owing to erratic monsoon last year.

While rainfall was deficient by 26 per cent in the State, the decline in the district was above 50 per cent, the Minister said.

Mr. Joseph said while the country was celebrating its 64th Republic Day, the increasing incidents of atrocities against women and children had cast a blemish on its fame.

Though the country had made meritorious achievements in sectors such as Information Technology, industrial growth and space technology in a short span of time, issues such as illiteracy and poverty were yet to be wiped out from society .Other issues such as increase in the prices of essential commodities and unemployment should be addressed, Mr. Joseph added.

K. Gopalakrishna Bhatt, District Collector; A.V. George, District Police Superintendent; and A. Devaki, vice-president, district panchayat; were present. Mr. Joseph inspected the guard of honour presented by the police attached to the Armed Reserve Camp.

P. Lohithakshan, Reserve Inspector, Armed Reserve Camp, was the parade commander.

Police, Excise and Forest department personnel, National Cadet Corps, Scouts and Guides, and various school bands took part in the march-past.