Plea for greener zones in Manipur

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 9, 2019: Three hundred tree saplings were planted at the premise of Manipur Trade and Expo Centre located at Lamboikhongnangkhong during a mass tree plantation drive led by rural development and Panchayati Raj minister Thongam Biswajit Singh on Friday.

The mass plantation drive organised under the instruction of Union minister Nitin Gadkari and as a part of the Centre’s programme of Mission Green India, with an aim to create awareness among the people for conservation and preservation of forests.

It was organised by organised by department of rural development and Panchayati Raj.

Biswajit told reporters that the tree plantation drive was aimed at bringing down the impact of global warming. The drive is a continuation of Van Mahotsav which is held around June-July every year, and the government’s objective to bring back a greener environment in its fight against climate change, he added.

He said the plantation drive is being organised with the firm belief that every individual and government department has a responsibility towards forest conservation and that it is not the sole responsibility of the officials of forest and environment.

BDOs have also been instructed to take up initiative in their respective blocks. The local representatives including the Zilla Parishads have also been urged to initiate the plantation drive in their respective zones with the sole objective of making the kendras a green zone, he added.

The minister appealed to all individuals including the local club bodies and elected representatives to take up their own initiative in making their respective zones greener. He urged those from the vicinity of the location to help in maintaining and nurturing the plant saplings until they attain maturity.

The drive was also attended by rural development and Panchayati Raj  director Heisnam Balkrisna Singh.

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