Itanagar, June 5: World Environment Day (WED) was celebrated with fervor and dedication across the state on Monday.
In Itanagar, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Minister for Environment and Forests Mama Nadung along with other Ministers, MLAs and officials of concerned departments celebrated the day at the Assembly’s Dorji Khandu Auditorium.
This year’s WED marks 50 years since the historic Stockholm Conference in 1973, which launched the WED celebration. The day is celebrated to raise awareness about environmental protection and focus on securing and improving nature and environment.
Khandu in his speech lauded the efforts of the Department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change for its “remarkable achievement in accomplishing the target set by the Government of India under Mission Life” and requested the departments to “continue awareness programs on the ground at the level involving panchayat institutions, schools, colleges and youth associations under their jurisdiction.”
He said that the rapid development of infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh requires a balanced approach of development and conservation and find a way towards sustainable development. Ecotourism in partnership with local communities.
Nattung in his speech highlighted the importance of biodiversity in the Northeast region, particularly Arunachal, and reiterated his department’s commitment to “conserve and enhance the state’s natural landscapes”.
Informing about the Mission Life campaign in the state, he “appreciated the efforts of the field officers of all forest divisions, especially the DFOs and ground level workforce, who worked tirelessly to make the target sanctioned by the Government of India a success. In such a short span of time.”
He also highlighted his department’s future development plans to strengthen its infrastructure, which include the construction of a new Airgun Surrender Abhiyan Museum, Forest Martyrs’ Memorial and a state-of-the-art ‘Paryavaran Bhavan’ – the department’s new office building. Headquarters – At Itanagar.
Chief Secretary Dharmendra highlighted the “natural biodiversity wealth existing in Arunachal Pradesh and the government’s commitment to its preservation and conservation”.
He said that strong monitoring system through Pakke Declaration Cell in Civil Secretariat Office, Climate Budgeting and Mission Life are key initiatives of the state government in tackling climate change.
Sarath Chauhan, Principal Secretary, Environment, Forests & Climate Change and Jitendra Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests spoke.
The Departments of Rural Development, Planning, Investment, Finance, Environment Forest and Climate Change presented the Chief Minister Award for “outstanding contribution towards successful implementation of Mission Life activities in the State”.
Apart from this, three forest divisions – Pakke Tiger Reserve, Anjav Forest Division and Deomali Forest Division – were gifted by the Chief Minister.
Khandu released Arunachal Mission Life campaign booklet and state action plan on climate change and human health.
In Lower Subansiri district, WED was celebrated with a cycle rally organized by Hapoli based G/138 Bn CRPF. About forty riders from Xero MTB Club, Xero Cycling Club, St Claret NSS Riders and a few cycling enthusiasts took part.
DC Bamin Nim, who flagged off the rally, appealed to the youth to “understand the importance of protecting the environment, stay healthy, avoid drugs and alcohol and contribute to nation building”.
In Tawang district, the Forest Division organized a plantation drive and conducted awareness and educational activities in schools, government institutions and 38 BN SSB premises to create awareness about the importance of eco-friendly lifestyle.
Quiz and drawing competitions were also organized as part of the Wed celebrations.
In the quiz competition, Tawang Public School bagged the first prize while Government Higher Secondary School bagged the second prize. In the drawing competition, Manjushree Vidyapeeth bagged the first prize, Tawang Public School bagged the second prize and Kremethang-based Sarkar Upper Primary School bagged the third prize.
In Rowing (Lower Dibang Valley), mothers of Bipa CLF participated in a plantation drive at Rekhoil to mark the day.
Bipa CLF President Hema Pulu appealed to the SHG members to nurture the planted saplings to ensure their growth.
The program was organized in collaboration with the district administration and the forest department.
The day was celebrated across Thirap district.
VKV Jirdin (West Siang) also celebrated Wed; VKV Itanagar; VKV Joram (Lower Subansiri), VKV Kimi (West Kameng); VKV Jayarampur (Changlang); Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills; GB Pant North East Regional Center of National Institute of Himalayan Environment; Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) at Tuting (Upper Siang); NERIST (Nirjuli); Pincham Area Natural Resources Conservation Committee (Papum Pare) in Kimin; Bazar (Leparada) based ICAR research complex for NEH sector; Longding Agricultural Knowledge Center; College of Horticulture & Forestry at Pasighat (East Siang); VKV Dollungmukh; the women’s wing of the Tagin Cultural Society based in Daporijo (Upper Subansiri); NSS Unit, Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar. (with inputs from depros)