When police officials and citizens join hand for a collective purpose, the results are usually noteworthy!
A 2.5-acre farmland, where no cultivation was being practised for several years, has once again become the centre of activity with Chakkarakal policemen and residents embarking on a restoration project of fallow fields in the region.
The project, which was kickstarted by ‘Oruma’, an agricultural development collective by the farmers of Kannur district’s Mundery Panchayat, aims to resuscitate paddy cultivation and other agrarian undertakings in 77 acres of fallow land across the region.
Falling in line with the statewide Haritha Keralam Mission, the project also divides plots of fallow lands between groups ready to embody the responsibility of cultivation.
Though the initiative had found wide acceptance amidst the community itself, it was the interest shown by the police that has given the initiative a much greater boost. Starting on Monday, the police personnel entered the muddy field and planted rice seedlings along with the farmers, reports The Hindu.
“We are joining a collective project of the local community to revive a culture of cultivation. The policemen will join the farmhands in planting seedlings, removal of weeds, and other related activities during their weekly holidays,” P. Biju, Chakkarakkal Sub-Inspector said.
He also mentioned that this participation would give the cops a little relaxation from their day-to-day toil of managing law and order responsibilities. The entire expense of cultivation and other resources across the 2.5-acre field will be borne by the Chakkarakkal police, who can decide whether to sell or use the harvest.
Kannur district has racked by political violence. Police authorities in the region have been trying to incorporate various measures to reduce the tension.
Community involvement of personnel in initiatives like that of Oruma is a bid to discourage contentious activities amidst the youth.
“We have started ‘Oruma’ not just to restore cultivation but also, as the name suggests, to build unity among the people,” said E. Narayanan, group convener.