70th Van Mahotsava to Save The Future Generation: Manipur

DIPR / Sanjoo Thangjam

Imphal, July 03, 2019: Chief Minister of Manipur Shri N. Biren Singh was present as the chief guest at the State level's 70th Van Mahotsava celebration, organised by Department of Forest at Peace Ground, Churachandpur district on July 2nd.

The Chief Minister said that the main idea of organising the State level Van Mahotsava in hill districts from last year was to sensitize the people of hill districts that climate change and global warming have now affected the State as well. Forest areas especially in hill districts of the State are shrinking fast due to rampant deforestation, he said and observed that that no Government effort would bring result without people's support and awareness. The recently launched Green Mission Manipur would soon be expanded across the State, and people need to take proactive role in it, he added.

Mentioning that mass participation is needed to save the environment, Shri N. Biren urged the people to preserve and conserve the forest area so that natural calamities such as floods, landslides, and drought could be prevented. He urged the people to promote, encourage and create awareness about the benefits of afforestation.

Shri N. Biren said that he is glad to learn that CSOs and student organisations are ready to stop sand/pebble quarrying activities and poppy plantation in Churachandpur district. He also mentioned about the ill effects of usage of chemical fertilizers in poppy plantation that leads to degradation of the soil.

Speaking at the occasion as the functional president, Forest and Environment Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar said that Churachandpur district has a vast forest area. However, widespread felling of tress is not a positive sign, he said and urged the public to protect wildlife and conserve forest areas so that a healthy ecological balance can be maintained for a sustainable living.

In his address as the chief host, Agriculture Minister Shri V. Hangkhanlian said that the Government is putting in efforts to find an alternative to traditional means of cultivation known as jhum cultivation. Churachandpur DC Shri Shyamlal Poonia, SP Amrita Sinha, district level officers, Church leaders, village chiefs, officials of the Forest Department, students and large number of people also participated in the celebration. The Chief Minister also led other dignitaries and public in planting tree saplings at the ground to mark the celebration.

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