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Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced constitution of two eco task forces for plantation and environmental conservation in Himalayan region while inaugurating the two- day “Sustainable Mountain Development Summit” in Dehradun to mark Himalaya Day on Saturday. It was organised by planning department of the state. He further said that 200 ex-servicemen would provide their services in these forces and it would cost around Rs 50 crore as per the budget estimation. CM appealed to the scientists, environmentalists and other stakeholders to make efforts to do something for Rispana river flowing through Dehradun so as to help the river gain its old glory. He asked all to give suggestions on the matter of the revival of the river.
Referring to Ganga, he said that the holy river cannot be imagined without Himalaya. People’s faith in Ganga around the globe reflects the faith in the great Himalaya also, he said, adding that while Himalaya is the identity of India it has its strategic importance too.
“Several campaigns like Save Water, Save Life and One Person One Tree are being conducted by the state government over the past three months to ensure conservation of the Himalayas. Request for Selfie from My Village and celebrating occasions like birthdays and wedding anniversaries in the native villages are some more initiatives taken by the government to reconnect the migrants of Uttarakhand with their villages nestled in the Himalayas,” CM said.
CM asserted that Himalaya is connected with every aspect of the Indian life. “This majestic mountain range is what has begotten the great Indian culture. It is thus an imperative that aside from the government’s initiatives, the people must come forward to preserve the great Himalayas,” he said.
CM also launched the website “Transforming Uttarakhand” that shows positive thing happening in the state made by the planning department. A book “Himalaya Diwas” written by the eminent environmentalist Dr Anil Joshi was released on the occasion.
Addressing the event, former chief minister and Haridwar MP Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that the Himalayas can be saved through integrated efforts related to water, forests, land and people. The additional chief secretary Ranveer Singh said that all the stakeholders must work together to save the Himalayas.