Threats of environmental degradation, deforestation, global warming and climate change are taking center stage in global discourse and engagement making environmental protection a major concern of the 21st century, President Draupadi Murmu said on Monday.
Addressing probationers of the Indian Forest Service (2022 batch) and officers and officer trainees of the Indian Defense Estate Service (2018 and 2022 batch) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, she said her journey as a civil servant began at a time when India was assuming a leadership role at the global level. “India is attracting global attention for its cultural richness and technological advancement. India has shown the world that technology and tradition can go hand in hand,” she said. Addressing the probationers of the Indian Forest Service (IFS), the President said that India’s climate and topography are closely related to its forest supply. “Forests and the wildlife they support are our nation’s treasured asset and heritage. Threats of environmental degradation, deforestation, global warming and climate change are taking center stage in global discourse and engagement, she said. “That is why environmental protection has become a major concern of the 21st century,” she said.
Murmu added that India has given the mantra ‘Life – Lifestyle for Environment’ to the world. “Forests are an integral part of the solution and IFS officers are among the solution providers. Hope they will work tirelessly to put this mantra into practice,” she said.
They told the visiting officers of the Indian Defense Estate Service that it is their duty to ensure that the services and facilities they provide are environment-friendly and sustainable. Murmu said that technology is a great enabler for good governance and hence, they should update their technical skills along with domain skills. They added that technology should be utilized to the maximum for effective administration of cantonments and maintenance of defense lands.
“I was told that the Directorate General of Defense Estates has developed an artificial intelligence-based software that can automatically detect underground activities like illegal constructions. I am happy to know that Ichavani Portal has also been launched to improve citizen interaction with Cantonment Boards,” she said.
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