DAINIK NATION BUREAU
On the occasion of the World Environment Day, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat graced a programme organised jointly by the Uttarakhand Forest Department, Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board, at ANM Auditorium, ONGC. On this occasion, the Chief Minister released the annual report of the Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board for the year 2017-18 and brochure of Dehradun Zoo. The winners of the online digital essay competition on the theme of Environmental Day ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ – how to dispose plastic waste, were honoured by the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister said that for the protection of environment, there is need to ban the use of the polythene. Many countries of the world and several states of India have made good efforts on the effective control of polythene. Mass awareness, in Nainital, Gopeshwar, Srinagar and Pauri in Uttarakhand, there has been an effective prevention on use of polythene. Polythene use leads to bad effect on the environment and wild animals. For the ban on polythene, an awareness campaign at wide level has to be undertaken. It is must to educate the students in schools about the bad effects of the polythene.
It is important to make environment protection a social movement. For other works related to the polythene free Uttarakhand and environment protection, a task force would be constituted at state, district and block level. In the task force, the administration officials, officials of forest department, people associated with the environment and NGOs would be inducted.
CM said that in any campaign, if political will, administration strength and social power get together, the campaign surely becomes successful. He said that in the direction of water conservation, effective steps are being taken. Arrangements of rain water harvesting are being done from government houses. Chief Minister said that Ganga basin provides food grain to 45 per cent of India’s population. In order to keep the purity and natural flow of Ganga, we all have to support the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Namami Gange Programme.
On this occasion, Chief Forest Conservator Jayraj, Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board Member Secretary S.P.Subudhi, Founder Chairperson of Gati Foundation Anoop Nautiyal, Secretary Arvind Singh Hayanki, Environment Expert Vipin Kumar, Sanat Kumar, Director of Dehradun Zoo P.K.Patro and others were present.