Pre-fire season awareness: Call for community participation to conserve forest

Pre-fire season awareness: Call for community participation to conserve forest
DC Wokha Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon with other guests and participants during the workshop on pre-fire season awareness held at Forest colony community hall, Wokha on May 1. (DIPR Photo)

 

Wokha, May 2 (DIPR): Department of Forest organized one-day workshop on pre-fire season awareness for co-ordination among line departments, village, colony councils and NGOs at Forest colony community hall, Wokha on May 1. Deputy Commissioner Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon, IAS, was the guest of honour.

 

Highlighting on the structure of Disaster Management Authority, the DC said, “If incidents are reported on time by village disaster management authority and village disaster core committee, the response time will be lowered.” He stressed on the importance of availability of resources and instruments to be used during disaster. “If we do not provide them the basic necessity, how are we going to expect them to function efficiently?” he posed.

 

He also pointed out the lack of fire safety norms while constructing buildings, and urged to obtain permission from concerned authority and follow basic norms so that in case of any fire incident fire does not spread to nearby buildings.

 

Commenting on the importance of conserving Mt. Tiyi forest, the DC said that community participation is very important for success of any project and appealed to the villagers, colonies to come forward and regulate laws and legislations for preserving the natural resources.

 

Superintendent of Police Wokha, Bharat Markad, IPS, who also spoke during the function, lamented that despite the bountiful resources the forest is providing, “we” are trying to degrade the forest. He urged all concerned citizens to preserve the forest. Giving special emphasis on Mt. Tiyi, he assured to extend all possible assistance to the Department of Forest as and when it requires.

 

Keynote address was delivered by DFO, Wokha Zuthunglo Patton (IFS), role of forest fire – impact and responsibilities was presented by BO Changpang. Short speeches were also delivered by Secretary Lotha Hoho, President Lotha Students’ Union and representatives from village and colony councils.