Forest officers must innovate to tackle climate change and global warming- Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Bhopal, December 18, 2017 (Ataullah Faizan): Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Harsh Vardhan, while reviewing the activities of the Forest Department on Thursday at Bhopal, said that the entire world is making an action plan for solutions towrads climate change and global warming together, which is a result of development. Forests play an important role to get rid of this problem. Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the forest officers have got an opportunity to connect themselves with this divine work. They must undertake innovations besides routine works, which become examples for the country and the world. He further mentioned that we have inherited dense and rich forest, rivers, air-water and sentiments in India. Hence, it is our duty to handover the healthy and clean natural heritage to the next generation. Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the existence of living being will become difficult, if increase in the earth temperature continues like this. While lauding the plantation of over 7 crore saplings on July 2, 2017, Dr. harsh Vardhan said that it is matter of happiness that over 90 percent saplings are surviving.
He also praised ongoing Deendayal Yojana implemented by the Forest Department in the remote areas. He told the Forest officers to carry out a work by setting a noteworthy target blending laboratory and field activities. Dr. Harsh Vardhan has informed that the good result is being obtained under the Deendayal Vananchal Seva implemented from October, 2016 for education and health of people dwelling in remote areas.Health, Education, Women-Child Development, and Tribal Welfare Departments have been linked to this scheme. Improvement has been registered in the condition of the people through vaccination, education, health etc. with the help of the forest employees in such areas, where employees of these departments could not reach.
Hundred percent vaccination of pregnant women has been carried out in Harda, Hoshangabad and Betul district under the scheme and mortality rate due to malaria has become almost nil. Moreover, improvement has been seen in the academic result of the children residing in remote areas by assistance in education. Dr. Shejwar presented scheme’s brochure to Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wild Life) Mr. Jitendra Agrawal put forth the demand of Rs. 1200 crore before the Union Minister for protecting tigers from the electricity current. Mr. Agrawal said that the electricity lines will be insulated with this amount. Moreover, this will help saving tigers and other forest animals being hunted by the poachers using electricity current.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan reviewed Forest Density, Work Planning, Central Sponsored Schemes, Innovations, Campa Fund, Plantation, Green India Mission, Forest and Wild Life Conservation, Joint Forest Management, Wild Life Management, Information and Technology, Forest Rights Act, State Minor Forest Produce Federation, State Forest Development Corporation and others. Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Deepak Khandekar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and HOF Dr. Animesh Shukla, Managing Director of Forest Development Corporation Mr. Ravi Shrivastava, Managing Director of State Minor Forest Produce Federation Mr. Jawwad Hasan including Senior Officers of the Forest Department were present in the meeting.