Government committed to preserve rich biodiversity of the State: Forest minister
SHILLONG, June 6: Meghalaya Forest and Environment minister P Tynsong iugurated the World Environment Week, 2016 organized by the office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, Shillong and Basin Development Unit, East Khasi Hills district today at Moreau Institute of Integral Training here.
The theme for the celebration was “Zero Tolerance to Illegal Wildlife Trade” and the sub theme was “Save Wildlife, Save Meghalaya”.
In his iugural address, minister Tynsong emphasized on the urgent need of preserving Mother ture for the very survival of mankind.
Stating that the Forest department is committed to preserve the rich biodiversity of the state, Tynsong informed that more than 40 community reserved forests have been declared by the Forest department as reserved forests by working jointly with the local communities to counter the depleting forest cover in the state.
Others who spoke on the occasion were Dr. S. Ashutosh, Additiol PCCF and Additiol, CEO, MBDA, PS Dkhar, Deputy Commissioner and Chairman BDU, East Khasi Hills. The programme was attended by officials from various line departments, head of institutiol institutions and student.
Later, to mark the occasion, the chief guest and other dignitaries also performed a ceremonial tree plantation in and around the premises.
A similar programme was also held at Mawkyrwat in South West Khasi Hills District.
Meanwhile, eight schools comprising 1st MLP Batallion Secondary School, Mawiong Presbyterian Lower Primary School, St. Dennis Secondary School and others observed World Environment Day through a cleaning drive at Mawiong Umjapung in the city on Monday.
On the other hand, the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) will work in tandem with concerned district administrations to formulate a plan restricting the use of toxic and non biodegradable substances like plastic to reverse environmental degradation.
This was stated by GHADC Chairman Boston Marak during the observance of World Environment Day at Ampati Degree College organized by the Garo Student’s Union in collaboration with the South West Garo Hills District administration on Monday.