Namchi, July 7th (IPR): The honourable Chief Minister Mr. P.S. Tamang (Golay) launched the ambitious State Government ‘s project titled ‘A Day for Mother Earth’ at Kitchu Dumra today. He was accompanied by Deputy Speaker Mr. Sangay Lepcha, State Forest Minister Mr. Karma Loday Bhutia, Cabinet Ministers, MLA’s, Political Secretary to Hcm, Advisors, Chief Secretary, Officials, Panchayats and public at large.
At, the onset of the function the Chief Minister planted a sapling of Peepal (Ficus Religiosa) at the premises. The Cabinet Ministers and other dignitaries also planted saplings of various species.
Addressing, the gathering Chief Minister Mr. P.S. Tamang extended his congratulations to the Forests, Environment and Wildlife Management Department in successfully organising this program which is being celebrated all over the state. He also mentioned one of the unique feature of this program which is dedication of seven minutes to earth in Sikkim commencing from 11.00 to 11.07 am wherein no vehicles will ply on the roads except for emergency vehicles like ambulance, police, fire and major services. This initiative has been added so as to reduce air pollution and carbon footprints which will also be an annual feature. He shared his concern about the adverse climate change happening presently all over the world covering our state too. Mr. Tamang laid emphasis that immediate action should be undertaken to combat the threats posed by climate change which may result in major natural disasters, droughts and many more irreparable damages. The Chief Minister said that a resilient long term action plan must be conceptualised to ensure sustainability and to bring about crucial environment transformational change. He added that the aim of this distinct program is to encourage people to plant an ample amount of trees and to increase the average green cover in Sikkim. The Chief Minister also said that the general public must not only rely on Forest Department for plantation drive rather they should take up individually as it is a trait of being a conscious citizens. The Chief Minister said that he will be planting about 1000 saplings and directed the Cabinet Ministers, Chief Secretary, Panchayats to plant 500, 300 and 100 saplings respectively and ensure for the saplings survival. Additionally, he also encouraged the masses to plant atleast 10 numbers of saplings as this activity will help to conserve the environment.
He also informed that the State Government will soon set up recycling projects in which the waste generated by the public of Sikkim will be reduced and that less amount of garbage will be tipped in the respective landfills. For this project to work he urged the general public to understand the nuances of waste segregation from the source as efficient segregation will assist the municipal garbage collectors to dump the garbage in a systematic manner. Sharing, his concern on the water scarcity problem Mr. Tamang also articulated that focus should be laid on rain water harvesting units in the State and initiative for this unit will soon be commenced by the State Government.
The Chief Minister also updated that the State Government till date has closed two companies for violation of environment rules and regulations and asserted that any company or institution found breaching any environmental guidelines will be liable. Additionally, he announced that Kitchu Dumra will be redeveloped as an open area where people can have a leisure time.
Addressing, the government employees Chief Minister advocated them to absorb a healthy work culture environment wherein they can work in an effective and efficient manner. He also directed the Chief Secretary to float new tenders wherever there is any requirement.
Speaking, during the programme Forest Minister Mr. Karma Loday Bhutia spoke about the objective of ‘A Day for Mother Earth’ which has been initiated to preserve the fragile ecology of the state alongwith spreading awareness about the adverse effects of climate change. He also drew light on the various climate issues plaguing the globe such as depletion of ozone layers and many more and said that these issues can be encountered through planting and sustaining of trees. He added that the public should be mindful and they should avoid using plastic bags and any other amenities that can hamper the environment. Mr. Loday updated that compensation provided by the companies located in Sikkim will be rightfully utilised in saving the environment. Furthermore, he encouraged the contractors to work in coordination with conservation of the environment as it is extremely vital in today’s world.
PCCF cum Principal Secretary Forest Mr. M.L.Srivastava presented a brief report about this program as well as the Forest Department. He also said that today is the closing day of Van Mahotsav Week and shared that Sikkim is one of the hotspots of distinct vegetation and added that it is our responsibility to maintain this natural resources through various green activities.