Need for attention on environmental change- CM Chhatisgarh Dr. Raman Singh
National conference on environment inaugurated
Bhopal, August 1, 2017 (Muslim Saleem): Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that efforts made for environment conservation by linking people are successful. Plantation of 7 crore 14 lakh saplings is possible in a day, remarkable initiative for river conservation could be taken, if society decide so. Foundation of these remarkable successes are efforts made by the government by keeping society ahead. CM Mr. Chouhan was addressing the inaugural session of National Conference in the auditorium of R.C.V.P. Noronha Administration and Management Academy here today. A two day National Conference 2017 on Environment is being organized by National Green Tribunal. CM Mr. Chouhan mentioned that environment conservation cannot be carried out by the government alone. Society’s participation is must. Plantation undertaken on July 2 is the clear evidence. Plantation was become a matter of pride as there was a celebratory atmosphere towards plantation on the banks of Narmada River . Nonparticipation in plantation was considered as a reason of public embarrassment.
He further said that plantation work will be carried out constantly at different places every year. Madhya Pradesh has become the savior state for rivers owing to conservation of Narmada River. Works to conserve Tapti, Betwa and rivers like Kshipra will be undertaken from next year. Narmada is a lifeline of the state. It is a source of electricity, irrigation and potable water. He will not let Narmada flow decline at any cost. Beside plantation, efforts are being made towards installation of sewerage plant in all the 18 cities situated on the bank of river Narmada, immersion of poojan material in kunds, construction of moksh dhams for performing last funeral rites and to generate electricity from garbage. Ban has been imposed on sale of liquor on both the banks of Narmada River.
Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan further stated that equal treatment to living and non living beings and welfare of the World is the basic principle of Indian Culture. Therefore, Devi-Devtaas are worshipped linking them with animals. Govardhan pooja is also a worship of nature. The same spirit is the commitment of the government. Any industry which is dangerous to human beings and animals will not be established in the state. He mentioned that every person has responsibility to leave such a earth which can keep human beings and other species safe and secure. Mr. Chouhan said that the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has created a new atmosphere in the country towards the environment. He has worked with a thought to make earth safe for future generations.
Positive results are being witnessed. Mr. Chouhan appreciated the remarkable efforts undertaken by the National Green Tribunal in the field of environment conservation. He emphasized on the need for keeping strong approach by the NGT to make the earth safe for the living beings. He urged that conservation of forests and environment is responsibility of all. Deliberations on safety of animals and human beings should be made. Moreover, he expressed the hope that the conference will give a new direction to the efforts of environment conservation. Furthermore, he assured that the government will cooperate fully in implementing the conclusions of the conference.
Chief Minister Chhatisgarh Dr. Raman Singh said that change in views towards the environmental challenges is the need of the time. Deliberation should be made to ascertain approach. Giving an example of Sal Tree, he mentioned that caterpillars destroy 18 lakh Sal trees in 20 years. Hence, there is a need for development and research towards such kind of environmental challenges. Dr. Singh further said that livelihood is the foundation of forest dwellers’ attachment towards forest.
There is a need to boost their attachment with forest for conservation of forest. Minor forest produces should be purchased on support price. He said that forestation efforts should be considered for plantation through tissue culture. Forest turmeric and Moosli and other herbal plants are on the verge of extinction. Discussion on efforts to provide it to the forest dwellers preparing them in the laboratory should be held. Dr. Singh said that plantation is considered as pious work like performing Yagya in the Indian Culture. Keeping rivers clean and prevention of water pollution is responsibility of all.