Green Mizoram Day 2018 was observed today at Raj Bhavan under the aegis of the state’s Environment, Forest and Climate Change department. A small function was held at Durbar Hall to mark the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Kummanam Rajasekharan expressed his happiness to participate in his first Green Mizoram Day. With around 89% of the state covered in forests, he took pride in Mizoram’s achievement as the state with the largest forest cover and said it must be sustained for other states to emulate. He also emphasized on the need to go that extra mile to nurture the saplings and ensure they become fully grown trees. With the ill effects of climate change apparent in the state, he said that every citizen of the world must play their part in green activities. He urged to campaign on the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, ‘beat plastic pollution’. The Governor also highlighted his contributions during the recent Conference of Governors at New Delhi. He said that Mizoram was aiming for a Green Mizoram, Clean Mizoram, Bio Mizoram and Organic Mizoram to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He appealed to the guests presents today, the state government and the civil society for their cooperation towards the effort.
Chief Secretary Shri Arvind Ray emphasized on the important aspect of greening Mizoram, the need to nurture the forest and how they sustain the forces of nature. He said he was honored to witness the Governor’s first official function. He said the state government was looking forward to his support and guidance, and always open to his inputs.
Meanwhile, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Shri Lalram Thanga highlighted how the Day was commemorated and stated that as many as 37 lakh tree saplings have been planted till date. With the inception of District Level Committee on Green Mizoram since 2014, he said the survival percentage of the saplings increased under the supervision of Deputy Commissioners in the districts. He also expected a 100% survival rate in the coming years.
After the function, the Governor, Chief Secretary and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests planted saplings in front of the Raj Bhavan’s Heritage Building. A photo exhibition was also held to commemorate the event. In addition to officials, several members of various NGOs were invited to the event.
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