21 Mar : The plantation programme and On the spot painting competition were organised here today to celebrate World Forestry Day. At National Zoological park, trees of Maulshree, Bottle brush, Jamun Gurbera and Neem species were planted by the officials of the Ministry of Environment and Forest.
Addressing a gathering Dr. P. J Dileep Kumar, Director General, Forests appealed all, especially children, to consume less natural resources. He said more damage has been done to lives of rural and tribal people by mining and other activities. More use of water, exploitation of land and the cutting of trees for widening roads and other requirements have disturbed the balance of lives of wild animals and birds.He appealed to grow gardens as well as wild vegetations where ever possible.
Mr. R. H. Khwaja, Special Sectretary, said, “We celebrate special days like this and forget them conveniently. If we had looked after our forests consistently,vegetation, animals and birds would have been in a much better situation today.” Mr. Khwaja regretted the mindless use of natural resources and suggested to take into account the carrying capacity , management and accounting of natural resources while planning, developmental and economic activities. If we do not protect forests, global warming will disturb the environment, he added.
School children presented songs, play on the theme of protecting environment, planning trees and stop usage of plastic bags. On the Spot Painting competition was organised in the morning today. The subject of the painting competition was ‘Forests and Biodiversity’. First, second and third prizes were awarded to the winners in each category, that is age group of 5 -8 years, 9- 12 years and 13 -16 years of age.