Srinagar, June 5 (Scoop News) –In connection with celebrations of World Environment Day, a function was organized at SKICC by the department of Environment and Remote Sensing here today. Students of various schools, environmentalist, NGOs besides the officers of various wings of Forest Department participated in the programme. This year’s theme is “Think, Eat and Save”.
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, VinodRanjan said that it is our collective responsibility to work for protection of environment and stressed on the participants to sensitize people about hazardous effects of pollution. He said the theme of the year gives us the message ‘think while eating and eat so much so to save something for others’. He said every one person out of seven in the world goes to bedwithout havingfood daily.
MrRanjan said that people waste a good quantity of food on social functions, adding it that this not only wastage of money but also polluts environment. “If we have to survive we need to save the environment for us and also for our posterity “said Ranjan and asked participants to play their role in this noble cause.
On the occasion, students of different schools presented shot plays portraying the hazardous effects of pollution and steps need to be taken for protection of environment.
Managing Director, SFC, Abhay Kumar, Director, E&RS, Suresh Chug, Chief Conservator IK Sharma, Director Soil Conservation, U. Pachnanda, Chief Conservator of Forests, Kashmir Nisar Ahmad Darzi, Regional Director, E&RS, Liyaqat Ali, Chief Conservator, IWDP, Mr Abdul Razaq besides senior officers of Forest Department and former Chief Conservator, Mufti Mohammad Maqbool and representatives of various NGOs were present on the occasion.
MrRanjan also launched website of the department besides releasing an atlas on the occasion.
Other speakers also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the importance of the Day.
Meanwhile Gandhi Global Family today honoured Ravi Kumar Kesar, IFS Additional Pr. Chief Conservator of Forests of J&K State with “Gandhi Sewa Medal” for his meritorious services to preserve and promote environment in the State. The medal was presented by PadamShri S.P. Verma, President Gandhi Global Family (GGF), J&K State along with other members of GGF family.
Welcoming the guests and members Padam Shri S.P. Verma stressed upon the need of preserving environment and reminded GGF member of its commitment to this cause. He said that the journey of GGF members from greening and saving over 100 hectares of land at Nagrota and banks of river Tawi in nineties to cleaning of areas from Baltal to Amarnath Shrine, Chrar-e-Sharief in Badgam, Chatti Padshahi in Srinagar to Vaishno Devi hills to banks of river Tawi must continue forever. R.L. Bharti, retired Pr. Chief Conservator of Forests and Advisor GGF J&K and Roshan Jaggi, IFS Conservator of Forests explained to audience the need of afforestation to save the humanity.
Ravi Kumar Kesar, Additional Pr. CCF in his remarks thanked GGF for honouring him with the “Gandhi Sewa Medal” on World Environment Day. He further highlighted the need of cooperation of Civil Society for success of the afforestation programmes launched by the Government under different schemes and sought the cooperation of one and all for this noble cause. He assured GGF that for replicating the success story of afforestation at Nagrota, Forest Department shall supply all necessary material inputs including saplings to GGF. for greening of the vacant lands identified in and around Jammu City in the ensuing rainy season.
Abdul Majid Malik, Advisor GGF, J&K State presented vote of thanks. Others present included S.D Sawtantra, PCCF (Retd.), K.K. Gandotra, General Secretary, R.S Jasrotia, IFS, Conservator of Forests, West Circle, B.M. Sharma, Jt. Director, Forest Protection Force, J&K GGF, Dr. V.S. Senthil Kumar DFO Jammu Forest Division, Ashok Kalsi, DFO Resources Survey, Keertan Singh, Bodh Raj Bhagat and Prof. Kalidas.
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