By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Aug 12
Consumer affairs food and public distribution minister Karam Shyam called on the people to take care of the environment, stressing on environmental changes due to mass deforestation. He made this statement during a one day tree plantation programme today at Moidangpok Khullen Sports Ground.
The programme was organised by Global Environment Foundation, Heirangoithong in co-operation with Veteran Sports Association, Recent Youth Club and The Youth Guid Club, Moidangpok.
Shyam said human beings are the most superior among all living beings. Humans have the responsibility to take care of the environment and to save the environment people have to stop mass deforestation.
He said trees and plants purify oxygen from toxic gases which get mixed with oxygen. People have started plantation of trees but if mess deforestation is not stopped immediately then healthy oxygen will not be available, he warned.
“If cutting down of trees is not stopped then in the near future oxygen will be limited for living beings,” the minister said.
In order to save the green environment mass awareness programme should be organised at different places of the world which can only bring ecological balance, Shyam said.
Secretary of Global Environment Fund, Nongin Khomdram said as a part of today’s tree plantation programme 300 different medicinal and fruit bearing trees have been planted which can help in bringing a green environment.
He said the aim of Global Environment Fund (GEF) is to make a green city by 2030 by plantation of trees at different parts of the city. Till then GEF had planted more than 4000 trees at different parts of Imphal area. GEF not only plants trees but also takes care of the trees they planted. 90 percent of trees they planted is still surviving, Nongin added.
MLA, Naoriya Pakhanglakpa constituency, S. Subhashchandra, MLA, Konthoujam constituency, S. Ranjan Singh, zilla parisad, Yarou Bamdair, S. Nabakumar Meitei and pradhan of Moidangpok gram panchayat, Th. Gambhir Meitei attended the programme as guest of honour and president respectively.