KOKRAJHAR, JUN 5: With a focus on inculcating loving care for nature, fighting against pollution of mother earth and destruction of the environment, the Chirang district administration as well as its citizens joined the rest of the world in observing the World Environment Day, 2021 on Saturday.
On the occasion, more than twenty thousand variety of saplings of local species of trees were planted by the public representatives, officials and citizens at several areas across the district.
Participating in a programme jointly organised by Runikhata Forest Range, 156-BN of CRPF of Kukurmari and 6-BN of SSB stationed at Dadgari at Kawla bazar under Runikhata police station, the BTC Executive Member (EM) of Forest and Environment Ranjit Basumatary spoke on the importance of celebrating World Environment Day and need to planting more and more plants for promoting natural vegetation and a greener earth. He informed that more than twenty thousand saplings of various species of trees would be planted to mark the day this year in Chirang district. “At present because of massive deforestation, the entire world is facing water crisis as we could see that the water level is drying in very extensive way and for that reason, today on June 5, on the occasion World Environment Day we have planned to plant more than twenty thousand saplings in our area”, he said. Expressing his happiness, he also informed that the Raimona forest range would be declared soon by the government as “Wildlife Sanctuary”. Further, hinting to the timber smugglers and forest encroachers, the EM warned them for taking strict actions if they found to be involved in any illegal activities relating to deforestation, timber smuggling and posing animals in the interest of protecting forest and its animals. In his introductory speech, the Chirang Divisional Forest Officer Bramananda Patiri spoke about the significance of World Environment Day.
Among others, the programme was took part by Jashamanik Basumatary, Runikhata Forest Range Officer, ORM Munda, Commandant of 156BN CRPF and the officials and staff of Forest department.
To mark the Day, the Chirang Deputy Commissioner Narendra Kumar Shah, who headed staff and other officers of the district administration planted saplings at the premises of Deputy commissioner’s office at Kajalgaon and as such, participating in the plantation drive programme held under the aegis of Bijni Municipal Board Bijni Civil Sub-Divisional Officer Dibakar Nath also planted saplings.
On the occasion, Sidli MLA Jayanta Basumatary was also witnessed involving in various activities of World Environment Day and planting plants at various places under his Sidli Constituency. He called upon the citizens to grow more trees for protecting the environment, addressing the issues of global warming and climatic change.