KOCHI: The district committee of the DYFI has decided to launch relief activities in drought-affected areas in the district.
As part of the initiative, envisaged under the ‘To fight Drought with the People’ programme, the 192 zonal committees of the organisation will distribute potable water in areas affected by drought. In addition, around 2.25 lakh rainwater harvesting pits will be set up in the district. “Our slogan is ‘welcome summer rain,’ and will work with the motto ‘not to waste the water we receive through summer rain,’ said DYFI district secretary K S Arun Kumar.
Each of the 2,300 DYFI units will dig at least 10 rainwater harvesting pits each in the district. Also, members of the organisation will undertake a pre-monsoon clean-up drive to de-clutter the main water bodies in the district. “We will clean the major rivers. In a drive launched recently, in connection with the 10th national congress of the DYFI, we had cleaned various rivers including the Periyar. We will take forward the programme in the coming days,” said DYFI Ernakulam district president Princy Kuriakose.
“Ponds, canals and public wells, which have become dumping yards, will be cleaned by joining hands with local residents. Besides, a campaign will be launched to create awareness among the public on keeping the water bodies clean,” said Princy.