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JAMMU: We The Human Forum for Nature and Mankind in collaboration with Swasthya Evam Shiksha Charitable Trust New Delhi, on Monday, distributed 80 COVID-19 Hygiene kits and two Sewing machines among poor people of village Halqa in Marh block of Jammu district.Apart from Capt Lalit Sharma IFS (Retd) APCCF Vice Chairman of We The Humans, its executive body members Mohinder Kumar and Sana, leading social activists of border area Lala Devi Dass Sharma, Ashwani Sharma, Mukesh Master, Sushma Kumari and a number of local people were present on the occasion.Giving awareness about COVID-19 Hygiene kits, Capt Lalit Sharma said that people need to save themselves from the pandemic by taking utmost precautions suggested by the Government of India and Indian Medical Association.Use of alcohol based sanitizer, regular washing of hands and clothes with use of facemasks is essential till the emergence of a vaccine for COVID19, he said. Sharma exhorted the agriculturist community to shift back to traditional systems of farming and stop usage of hazardous chemical pesticides, fertilizers weedicides and herbicides.These chemical fertilizers/ pesticides not only affect fertility of our agricultural fields in longer run but also are reason behind increasing cases of cancer and serious gastro/ kidney/ liver patients in J&K, he said.Captain Lalit Sharma further advised farmers to desist from malpractice of burning stubble and root stock after harvesting is over.Stubble burning is a serious problem in North India and this may aggravate the conditions of patients, especially our children & elders having respiratory problems, he said adding that the mortality rate in COVID-19 patients might also increase drastically because of highly risky levels of air pollution due to stubble burning by the farming community.Demanding for a large scale concentrated efforts by the UT administration to free all types of encroachments on the state as well forest lands and demolish all commercial/ residential structures raised on state/forest lands in J&K, Captain Lalit Sharma, also, demanded for allotment of five Marla land each to landless families falling in either BPL or lower income groups on subsidised rates, so as to enable them to avail benefits of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.Further, Captain Lalit Sharma made a request to Manoj Sinha Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir to develop banks of river Chenab at Pargwal as a protected birds sanctuary, where hundreds of species of migratory birds show their charms, during winters.Such areas need to be developed as protected birds or wildlife sanctuaries for attracting locals as well as tourists from outside the UT, he said.Mohinder Kumar threw light upon a number of measures taken by We The Humans for generating awareness about environmental issues among public as well as government authorities.Mohinder emphasised for development of dense city forest areas in middle of all cities & towns of the UT so as to enable our coming generations to get a clean & green environment which we have deprived off especially in urban areas.Lala Devi Dass Sharma expressed thanks to “We The Humans” for providing Sewing machines to two widow ladies in this border village and distributing free COVID-19 Hygiene kits among people.
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