By: Avik Kumar Chakraborty
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal urged the schools and college authorities to take up plantation drives as mandatory while speaking on the occasion of ‘World environment day’ at Ranghar auditorium of Dibrugarh University on June 5, 2017. The ‘World Environment Day’ was centrally celebrated in Dibrugarh in the presence of large numbers of school and college students. CM Sonowal distributed 2000 saplings among the school and college students at university.
While speaking on the occasion, CM Sonowal said, “We should preserve nature to lead a healthy life. We should take pledge to undertake plantation drive in order to preserve nature and make Assam pollution free Assam.” He said that in the last year they have planted 1.52 crores saplings across Assam and in the next year they have targeted to plant 10 crores saplings.
Sonowal urged us to take care of nature just like our predecessors. CM also motivated the public and said that renowned personalities like Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and Jyoti Prasad Agarwala have also advocated to protect nature.
He said that if the people protect and conserve nature then it would boost up the tourism industry as well. Sonowal said, “A processing unit of Baba Ramdev’s would be set up in Assam soon. So there will be huge demand of medicinal plants in Assam. Therefore, the people should plant medicinal plants in their home as well.”
CM Sonowal said that after Prime Narendra Modi came into power he has given importance to the northeastern region because the region is abundantly gifted in natural resources. “Now, our government is taking steps for organic manure farming and we urge the farmers to take up this practice because there is a demand for organic products and through this farming our farmers can earn lots of money.” CM also informed that an exclusive land in all 32 districts of Assam will be kept reserved for plantation. Any person willing to plant a tree on the occasion of his birthday or any other occasion will be able to plant it in the said land.
Radheshyam Goenka of Dibrugarh was also honoured by the state government today for his untiring contribution in safeguarding the environment by planting thousands of trees. Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma honoured him on behalf of the Chief Minister. Other dignitaries present on the occasion were Dibrugarh MP Rameshwar Teli, Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University Alak Kumar Buragohain, Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri, Additional chief secretary of environment and forest, K.V. Eapen, principal chief state conservator of forest and head of forest force B. Brahma along with other MLAs of Dibrugarh constituency.