Intensive afforestation will be done in the coming days by planting in the remaining forest areas of Gujarat using Miyawaki Method.: Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani
Gandhinagar, Saturday: On a day before ‘Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav’, Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani clarified the role of the 21st Cultural Forest of Gujarat dedicated to Maruti Nandan Shri Hanumanji and gave an idea of strengthening the cultural heritage of Gujarat.
Stating that trees and water conservation are essential for human life, CM said that while ‘climate change’ is a matter of concern for the world, the state and central government have set up a separate department for sustainable development. He added that the idea of ‘Green Gujarat, Clean Gujarat’ is to take the 15 per cent growth in Gujarat’s forest area beyond with the help of Miyawaki system.
While we are celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav’, CM also appealed to strengthen our cultural heritage through joint efforts to move forward towards achieving and building the dream-like India that the freedom fighters who have sacrificed everything for freedom envisioned.
Stating that Gujarat, while being the role model of the country, is fulfilling its duty by being a leader in every field, the Chief Minister said that the government is constantly concerned and active for environment conservation through recently released e-Vehicle Policy, Scrap Policy, Ujjawala Yojana, Solid Waste Management, Jal Sanchay Yojana, and many other schemes. He also called upon all to commit to preserve the environment in this “Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav” with the creation of local employment.
Minister for Forests and Tribal Affairs Mr. Ganpatsinh Vasava gave details of the programs of “Van Mahotsav” organized across the state and said that due to the foresightedness of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, today we able to dedicate this 21st Cultural Forest to the people.
Describing the importance of trees for human life, the forest minister appealed for large-scale tree plantation to meet the ‘oxygen’ need. Outlining the efforts of the Forest Department for afforestation in places other than forest areas, the forest minister gave an idea of the approach of the State Government’s efforts for conservation and growth of forest areas and wildlife.
While Gujarat has been at the forefront in many areas across the country, Forest Minister Mr. Ganpatsinh Vasava said that the state government is also making many efforts for the development of eco-tourism in order to be at the forefront in the area of forest as well. Appealing to realise the Chief Minister’s dream of ‘Green and Clean Gujarat’, the Minister appealed to all to participate in the conservation of environment.
Minister of State for Forests Mr. Ramanlal Patkar said that while the Valsad district, which has an industrial area, is benefitting a lot due to the important forest area necessary for the protection of environment, the people in this area will also benefit a lot due to Maruti Mandir of Kalagam. Outlining the various development works undertaken by the State and Central Government in this area in the last five years, Mr. Patkar said that the confidence of the last-men has been earned by working in line with the needs of people.
Giving details of the inevitability of tree in a human’s life, MLA Mr. Bharat Patel encouraged everyone to plant more trees and preserve the nature. Mr. Patel also outlined the development work undertaken in the last five years during the good governance of the State Government.
Welcoming the function, Additional Principal Secretary, Forest Department, Mr. Arun Solanki, outlined the program and clarified the intention of the State Government to create local employment through afforestation. The vote of thanks was given by Mr. Dinesh Sharma, Chief Principal Conservator of Forests.
Letters of commendation have been awarded to 38 non-governmental organizations of the state for their invaluable contribution to public awareness through afforestation by the Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani during the state-wide “Van Mahotsav”. Seven persons who have brought public awareness of afforestation through self-effort have been felicitated with ‘Van Pandit’ award.
During this state level program, 3 gram-panchayats and 3 taluka panchayats have also been given cheques of the income of Rs. 1.91 crore received through trees. It is to mention that saplings are being distributed in all districts and corporations through 72th ‘Van Mahotsav’ in order to realize the Chief Minister’s vision of ‘Clean Gujarat, Green Gujarat’ by planting more and more trees and transforming into a greener Gujarat.
On this occasion, MP Dr. K. C. Patel, District Panchayat Chairman Smt. Alkaben Shah, MLAs Mr. Bharat Patel, Mr. Kanu Desai, Mr. Arvind Patel, Mr. Jitu Chaudhary, Collector Smt. Kshipra Agra, District Development Officer Mr. Manish Gurwani, Superintendent of Police Dr. Rajdeepsinh Jhala, Senior Forest Officers, Deputy Forest Conservators Mr. Bhardwaj, Mr. Rupak Solanki, Mr. Zala, including their teams, villagers as well as concerned officials were present.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat