Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday assured to bring a change in the landscape of the state in the next five years and sought support and cooperation from the people.
Biren made the assurance on 73rd Van Mahotsav celebration at Nongmaiching Reserved Forest in Imphal East.
Biren proposed the development of a model roadside view at Waithou. He also urged all to support the government in beautifying the Loktak Lake and safeguarding it for the people.
To mark the celebration, the Chief minister led a sapling plantation programme at Eshing Chaibi area of the Reserved Forest.
Local public, CSO, students, etc., took part in the plantation programme.
Today people are aware of what Reserved Forest, Protected Forest or unclassified forest is, and are getting involved voluntarily in mass tree plantation drives across the state, Biren said.
Earlier the Van Mahotsav was celebrated inside the Kangla, but now the government is celebrating the Mahotsav at Nongmaiching and Koubru ranges, he added.
Call for people’s responsibility
Biren urged the officers to think for the entire society and not just for the community the officers belong to. He said it is the responsibility of an Indian Forest Service officer to spread awareness of the various Forests Acts for the people to understand.
“The call to save forest cover is for the common good of the public.” He sought support and cooperation of the general public in the movement to save forest cover.
Releases The Mother of Dark Chamber
The chief minister also released a book titled “The Mother of Dark Chamber” story of a hornbill couple that nests inside the tree’s cavity, written by Dr. Kh. Shamungou duing a formal function held at the Sanamahi Kiyong community hall.
The book could be translated into different dialects. Various communities of the state revere the Hornbill bird and the book will certainly help in bringing a realization amongst the people that even the great hornbill has nowhere to build its home due to deforestation, he said.
75 lakh saplings plantation to accomplish August-end
Forests, environment and climate change minister Thongam Biswajit Singh said the department will achieve the chief minister’s target of 75 lakh saplings plantation by August-end.
Till date more than 29 lakh saplings have been planted and another 15 lakh saplings have been distributed for plantation which comes to around 44 lakh saplings, the minister said.”We should be deeply concerned by the environmental imbalances.”
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba encouraged the general public to plant trees stating “we are all aware of the benefits of tree plantation”.
Principal chief conservator of forests Dr AK Joshi said the Nongmaiching Reserved Forest was finally notified on Janurary 4, 1990 with a area of 67 sq. km.
Minister Leishangthem Susindro Meitei, MLA Kh. Ibomcha, MLA Sheikh Noorul Hassan and chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar among others.