Kokrajhar, July 2: The 69th Van Mahotsav was observed from Sunday in Kokrajhar with various programmes among students and public from Sunday in different places of the district. The BTC forest department, CHD, Tourism and Environment, BTC, in association with 135 battalion of Eco Task Force observed the Van Mahotsav at Bodoland University participated by the students. BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary planted saplings in front of Bodoland University in Kokrajhar on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, he said that BTC forest department had emphasized healthy forest coverage and conservation of all flora and fauna as well.
Commanding officer of 135 Bn Eco Task Force AS George, BTC Tourism CHD Mohan Chandra Brahma, Deputy Commissioner of Kokrajhar, Bodoland University students, staff, eco task force, forest department employees and other people took part in the Van Mahotsav programme.
Col AS George, Commanding Officer of Eco Task Force, said that they had jointly organized the Van Mahatsav. He said that Van Mahotsav was started by Kulapati Dr. KM Munshi, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Food, in 1950 to spread awareness and to create enthusiasm among masses for forest conservation and planting trees. It is now a week-long festival, celebrated on different days in different parts of India between July 1 to July 7.
In a separate programme, Minister Pramila Rani Brahma participated and distributed saplings to public at Titaguri as part of the week-long Van Mahotsav. Niranjan Baruah, Deputy Commissioner of Kokrajhar, Mohan Chandra Brahma, CHD, tourism department, BTC, Sekhar Brahma, Registrar of Bodoland University, DFOs, JCOs and jawans along with other civil dignitaries were present in the week-long Van Mahotsav plantation drive function.