Wednesday, Jul 08, 2020 12:30 [IST]
Last Update: Wednesday, Jul 08, 2020 06:50 [IST]
GANGTOK (IPR): Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) attended ‘A Day for Mother Earth’ programme organised by Forest department at Fambonglho Wildlife Sanctuary in East Sikkim today.
It may be mentioned here that the State government's ambitious project ‘A Day for Mother Earth’ was launched by the Chief Minister at Kitchu Dumra in South Sikkim last year with its unique feature of observing seven minutes (11 am-11:07 am) of no vehicular movement (except for emergency vehicles) in Sikkim as a step towards nature conservation.
At the onset of the programme, the Chief Minister along with other dignitaries visited Lake Side and Watch Tower at the Fambonglho premises which was followed by a photo session near the stone signage and a visit to the Nature Interpretation Centre and Orchidarium.
Moving on with the event of celebrating nature, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Open Air Biodiversity Theatre at Golitar premises whereby the ceremonial plantation session was also held.
Extending his warm greetings of ‘A Day for Mother Earth’ to the gathering, the Chief Minister lauded the efforts of the State Forest department for successfully holding the event this year as well and extended gratitude to the public at large for diligently observing seven minutes of no vehicular movement this morning.
Defining conservation of forest and environment as a responsibility of every citizen of Sikkim, the Chief Minister appealed to the public at large to take care of Mother Nature throughout 365 days every year. He also pointed out the important lessons learnt during these trying times of the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of health, hygiene, and environment and cautioned all to maintain the safety protocol at all times.
He further urged people to avoid the usage of plastics or any other amenities that could harm the environment and added that plantation and cleanliness drives should be initiated by every individual in their respective areas throughout the year as a contribution towards conserving the environment.
Forest minister Karma Loday Bhutia, in his brief speech, talked about how each one of us can contribute for the conservation of our forest and environment.
Touching upon the subject of man-animal conflict, the minister appealed to all foresters to raise wild edible fruit trees such as Phunchey, Bhadrashey, Amphi, Kattus, Okhar, etc., at the nurseries with full dedication so that the department has the sufficient number of such trees for wide distribution to the public by next year in order to mitigate man-animal conflict in the State. He reiterated the efforts of the State government in the field of eco-tourism and shared plans of creating a source of employment generation for people of rural areas.
During the programme, the Rajya Van Samrakshan Evam Paryavaran Puraskar initiated by the Forest department was presented to Ratan Raj Pradhan, primary teacher of Katuk Vidyasagar Primary School, Ranka, East Sikkim, for his exemplary contributions in the field of environment protection.
The programme also saw the presentation of a citation to former ACF, East, Samdup Tshering Bhutia, for his immense contributions in constructing eco-tourism facilities at Golitar, Fambonglho Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Wildlife-East Division under Forest department handed over a cheque of Rs. 81,213 as a contribution towards Chief Minister's Relief Fund to support the State government during the Covid-19 pandemic.