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People Call Uttarakhand Forest Minister Fighting Forest Fires With Shrub A ‘Publicity Stunt’

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Forest fires are a dangerous threat to not just the flora and fauna on this planet but also to the wildlife and humans dependent on forest resources. Lately, our country has been tackling a lot of forest fires everywhere and the recent piece of land that is battling this issue is the state of Uttarakhand, where over 900 spots have been identified for forest fires. While this calls for centre’s immediate attention and intervention, a clip of Uttarakhand’s forest minister, Mr. Harak Singh Rawat has surfaced which shows him battling the forest fires with shrubs in his hands. The video clip shows him stopping on his way to Garhwal Hills as cameras zoom in on him trying to douse off the fire.

...And Action! #Uttarakhand forest minister #HarakSinghRawat tries to douse the #Forestfire with a bush. He was on his way in #Garhwal hills on Monday night. The camera crew captured all the action! #Forestfire #UttarakhandForestFire #uttarakhandnews

— Anupam Trivedi (@AnupamTrivedi26) April 6, 2021

Like two sides of a coin, the video has garnered mixed reactions. Some people are questioning this way of fighting a fire and feel this is just a publicity stunt to take away attention from the real problem.

A symbolic gesture, a photo op. Grabs eyeballs, become a headline. Sadly, this is not enough for now. We need much, much more than this if we have to seriously curb this man made and natural disaster of forest fires

— Anoop Nautiyal (@Anoopnautiyal1) April 6, 2021

Wow wat a equipment & method of extinguishing the fire , learning for every fire fighter

— Sushil Kathait (@KumarKathait) April 6, 2021

The minister should at least take swift actions to ensure the forest fire is under control and the flora&fauna is protected and safe rather than doing this silly thing!!#UttarakhandForestFire

— Arijit_Gupta (@Arijit17Gupta) April 6, 2021

Mostly, the common sentiment has been that maybe he did it for the camera.

Photo Opp !! This kind of tokenism will not slove the problem . Can we see more concrete measure Minister Shabe .

— Naren Singh (@narenddn) April 6, 2021

If the camera crew had not been around, do you suppose he might have bothered to conduct this little drama?

— Jyoti Singh (@synchronise1857) April 6, 2021

Thank god he is not blowing air from his mouth!! would have doused all fire in one go!

— Aiyush 🇮🇳 (@aiyushkumar) April 6, 2021

However, a few people were quick to point out that his attempt does qualify for something and while this is an age-old way of tackling fire, he’s at least grabbing the right attention for the cause.

Super effort. Deserves an award in public service.

— Shveta Mashiwal (@m_shveta) April 6, 2021

🏽♂️Yeh hota hai tareeka forest fire bujhaaneka.. Koi seekhhen inn se Uttarakhand Forest Minister Ka yeh awesome idea.. US & Australia would be jealous of India that they don't have such techniques to douse the bushfires in their countries. Brilliant! 🏻🏻🏻I'm feeling so elated..

— Imran (@MustLuvImran) April 6, 2021

It's not symbolic bro. ये छोटा ही सही, लेकिन वास्तविक प्रयास है। लेकिन ये जंगल की आग के लिए कारगर नहीं है। इसके लिए खूब सारा पानी अथवा मिट्टी ही कारगर होगी या फिर कोई कैमिकल जो आग को kill करने में सक्षम हो।

— @LaxmiManral (@Manral_Laxmi) April 6, 2021

How elegantly the fire is being doused. Anyways he did take down some fire and that is what matters today. Any little fire can also magnify into a huge one.

— Dr. Aanchal Sharma (@aanchii_sharma) April 6, 2021

Recently, the minister had informed the public that helicopters will be used to blow out the fire and ease the situation. “Fire broke out at 964 locations in the state. Seven animals and four persons died and two persons were injured. The weather made it challenging for the state government. The Chief Minister (Tirath Singh Rawat) and I are monitoring the situation separately. We'll try to douse the fire with helicopters,” he said. 

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