'Incorporate the policy of planting at least 10 plants for cutting a single tree'
CHANGLANG: "Our State is blessed with a huge wildlife cover. We should spread the Abhiyan to the grassroots levels before it is too late to save Mother Nature," said Arunachal Pradesh Environment & Forest Minister Mama Natung while launching the 'Air Gun Surrender Abhiyan' organized by the Changlang Social Forestry division at the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) near here recently. On the occasion, 17 air guns were surrendered by the villagers.
Appreciating the villagers for their concern over the wildlife animals and support towards the Abhiyan, Natung appealed to the public to support the campaign in the greater interest of the State. He also requested the PRI (Panchayati Raj Institution) leaders to create awareness among the villagers to stop hunting at the personal levels.
He also said that people should understand the importance of animals and birds in human life. The extinction of wildlife animals will create ecological imbalance, which will have a grave impact on us, he said.
Natung also appealed to the people of the district to incorporate the policy of planting at least '10 plants for cutting a single tree'. He added that the flora and fauna of the State should be protected and well nurtured for healthy living and also for posterity.
Inaugurating the temporary office of the WRD Executive Engineer in the Yatdam Circle near here, Natung -- who is also Minister of the Water Resources Department (WRD) -- also laid the foundation stone of a permanent office, on Monday. On the occasion, he said, ''Development activities in the State were put on halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year. But as we have almost contained the spread of the virus, the State government under the leadership of Chief Minister PemaKhandu is all set to provide each district with all basic infrastructural development in every department.''
Thanking the Minister for his prompt response to his request for construction of WRD office at Changlang, Deputy Speaker of APSLA (Arunachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly), TesamPongte said, ''Earlier, the people of the district have faced lots of problem due to its earlier office location at Bordumsa. He pointed out that the people had to travel a long way by passing through a portion of Assam to reach the office for official work. Now, with the establishment of the office at the district, it will not only ease the travel issue but will also ensure better official communication.