IIM Rohtak organized an awareness program and a tree plantation drive to support the initiative – “Rally for Rivers”. Rally for Rivers is a nation-wide campaign of Isha Foundation — founded by spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev — to save rivers in the country. In this initiative, Vasudev himself rode about 7,000 km from Kanyakumari, covering 16 states to create awareness on the issue of saving our rivers.
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the students turned out in great numbers to stand up for the cause and support a policy framework for river conservation. The event was organized by the Student Interest Group – Swaniti which included plantation of saplings by the student followed by a discussion on ways to save the rivers.
According to Sadhguru, ”The situation is quite grim when it comes to per person availability of water because today we have just 75% of potable water that was available in 1947 and that too is depleting at a rapid pace.”
Preran Reddy, member of the Swaniti group, informed the students about the process of drawing up a draft policy recommendation. He said, “The simplest solution to rejuvenate India’s rivers is to maintain a minimum of one kilometer tree cover on riversides. Forest trees can be planted on government land and tree-based agriculture brought in on farm land. This will ensure our rivers are fed throughout the year by the moist soil. This will also reduce floods, drought and soil loss, and increase farmers’ incomes.”
The event concluded with the students taking a pledge to preserve our rivers through tree plantations and also create awareness in our society to save our national heritages.