Imphal: Chairperson of Manipur State Commission for the Schedule Tribe, Thuigai Mathieu Rongmei said students who are the pillars of the nation should have awareness that with the changing of topographical changes and deforestation in forest areas especially in hill districts increase in global warming which is a major issue at present.
Mathieu was speaking on the sideline of ‘One day Awareness Programme on Environment and Tribal People and impact of Drug Abuse’ held at Manipur University on Tuesday.
He said with the changing of topography in hill areas the climatic condition has been changing. If the awareness is given especially to the students of hill areas, deforestation could be decreased.
Member of Manipur State Commission for Women, Tara Manchin Hangzo said nearly 70 per cent of the land in Manipur are hills and most of the drug abusers are reported from hill areas like Churachandpur, Ukhrul and others. The impact of using of illegal drugs could affect the society and the state economically, socially and psychologically, she added.
She said to rooted out illegal poppy cultivation under ‘War on Drugs’ the present government is also taking various initiatives. With a desire to spread awareness by the commission towards the society, the awareness programme is being organised in order to reduce drug abusers and to save the environment by discouraging the poppy cultivation in hill areas,
Manipur University VC professor N. Lokendro Singh attended the function as special guest.
As a part of the awareness programme, lecturer, IGNTU, Immanuel Varte and 360 collective co-ordinator delivered speech on “Environment and Tribal People” and “ Impact of Drug Abuse” respectively.