Balanced environment not only a necessity for the present but also for the future generations
Chief Minister kick-starts plantation drive on world environment day by planting a peepal sapling in Kannauj
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said that the ill-effects of global warming can be checked with optimum plantation and pointed out that global warming was adversely affecting farming and agriculture and a major challenge was being faced by forests and wildlife animals.
He also said that to check the growing scourge of environmental imbalance, the need of the hour was to spread awareness on a large scale basis. Mr. Yadav also underlined that balanced environment was not only a necessity for the present but also for the future generations. The Chief Minister was speaking after a plantation drive at forest range Rausa in the Haseran development block in Kannauj.
The Chief Minister planted a Peepal sapling and kick-started the plantation drive which will be done in 450 acres of land. Exhorting people to actively participate in the plantation drive, Mr. Yadav said that the need of the hour, other than plantation, was to energize natural resources like ponds and rivers. He also pointed out that the Samajwadi government had always planted most trees and remembering socialist ideologue Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, recalled how he had spearheaded one of the most active movements to save the Himalayas. He also lauded the revolutionary work being done by eminent social worker and ‘water man’ Mr. Rajendra Singh in the field of water conservation. 2
Mr. Yadav also lauded the drive undertaken by the forest department in this summer season and said that this was a daunting task keeping in mind the tough weather conditions. The Chief Minister also informed how Janeshwar Mishra Park was being made in Lucknow on a green stretch of 400 acres. He also pointed out the setting up of the Lion Safari in Etawah and said this will go a long way in conservation of wildlife and animals. The Chief Minister also directed foresters to set up a forest chowki in Rausa forest range, installation of a solar pump and making of a guest house. He also inaugurated the newly constructed SP office, residence and Mahila police station and announced that more recruitment of youth would be done in government jobs soon. Also present on the occasion were Jail Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary who said that plantation gave a new lease of life to the earth.
Mr. Rajendra Singh, famous as water man lauded the keen interest and initiative of the Chief Minister in wildlife conservation and forestation efforts. He also said that he would extend all possible help to the state government in cleaning up of river Ganga. Also present on the occasion were Secondary Education Minister Mr. Vijay Bahadur Pal, other people’s representatives, Principal Secretary (Forest) Mr. VN garg, Chief Forest Conservator Mr. JS Asthana, Secretary (Forest) Mr. Pawan Kumar, Mr. AP Srivastava and other senior officers.