In an attempt to clean the Yamuna river, the National Green Tribunal on Friday banned open defecation and dumping of waste on the floodplains. The court said it would slap a fine of Rs 5,000 on those who violate the order.
Besides, it formed a committee to monitor the project for cleaning the Yamuna river. The panel, headed by Delhi Jal Board’s chief executive officer, will have to submit reports to the NGT at regular intervals. The committee will comprise DDA chief engineer and members of the National Mission for Clean Ganga, reported ANI.
The bench, headed by NGT chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar, also asked the Delhi government and municipal corporations to immediately take steps against industries that operate in residential areas and cause river pollution. The order came while the NGT was hearing a plea on the monitoring of implementation of the ‘Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project 2017’.
Earlier this month, the NGT had sent notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forest and the Uttar Pradesh government, among others, after hearing a plea filed by an activist from Agra. According to the petition, dumping of waste in the Yamuna river had led to stagnation of the river and consequent “explosive breeding” of insects, which is a “biological indicator of water quality and localised water pollution.”
Bringing your parents into the digital fold can be a rewarding experience
Contrary to popular sentiment, being the tech support for your parents might be a great use of your time and theirs.
If you look up ‘Parents vs technology’, you’ll be showered with a barrage of hilariously adorable and relatable memes. Half the hilarity of these memes sprouts from their familiarity as most of us have found ourselves in similar troubleshooting situations. Helping a parent understand and operate technology can be trying. However, as you sit, exasperated, deleting the gazillion empty folders that your mum has accidentally made, you might be losing out on an opportunity to enrich her life.
After the advent of technology in our everyday personal and work lives, parents have tried to embrace the brand-new ways to work and communicate with a bit of help from us, the digital natives. And while they successfully send Whatsapp messages and make video calls, a tremendous amount of unfulfilled potential has fallen through the presumptuous gap that lies between their ambition and our understanding of their technological needs.
When Priyanka Gothi’s mother retired after 35 years of being a teacher, Priyanka decided to create a first of its kind marketplace that would leverage the experience and potential of retirees by providing them with flexible job opportunities. Her Hong Kong based novel venture, Retired, Not Out is reimagining retirement by creating a channel through which the senior generation can continue to contribute to the society.
Our belief is that tech is highly learnable. And learning doesn’t stop when you graduate from school. That is why we have designed specific programmes for seniors to embrace technology to aid their personal and professional goals.
— Priyanka Gothi, Founder & CEO, Retired Not Out
Ideas like Retired Not Out promote inclusiveness and help instil confidence in a generation that has not grown up with technology. A positive change in our parent’s lives can be created if we flip the perspective on the time spent helping them operate a laptop and view it as an exercise in empowerment. For instance, by becoming proficient in Microsoft Excel, a senior with 25 years of experience in finance, could continue to work part time as a Finance Manager. Similarly, parents can run consultation blogs or augment their hobbies and continue to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Advocating the same message, Lenovo’s new web-film captures the void that retirement creates in a person’s life, one that can be filled by, as Lenovo puts it, gifting them a future.
Depending on the role technology plays, it can either leave the senior generation behind or it can enable them to lead an ambitious and productive life. This festive season, give this a thought as you spend time with family.
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