Sikkim NGOs mark 10 Minutes to Earth by planting trees

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Gangtok, 26th June:

Sikkim Himalayan Green Group (SHGG), a registered voluntary organization under took plantation drive at Kyongsee under Sikkim CM’s dream programme 10 Minutes to Earth on 25th June, 2011. The plants were provided by Forest Department, Government of Sikkim. The plantation work were inspected by P.K.Rai, Assistant Conservator of Forest and S.P.Bhutia, Range Officer.

In order to ensure protection of plants in vulnerable areas some of the plants were provided safety guard made of bamboo by SHGG. The visiting forest offices while encouraging the youths involved in plantation suggested some useful tips as regard plantation procedure and survival. They also appreciated the effort of the organization for systematic day long plantation.

The Organization on its turn thanked the Sikkim Envis Centre, Gangtok and Forest Department for supporting the plantation initiative under National Environmental Awareness Campaign 2010-11.

Similarly Himali Sangh NGO from Dalapchand also joined rest of Sikkim to mark the 10 Minutes to Earth. Plantation drive was organized along Devithan and more than hundred flowering sapling were planted. Narendra Chettri, Ward Panchayat was the Chief Guest on the occasion. More than 40 members of Himali Sangh attended the green mission program. The plantation drive was the second activity conducted by Sangh under Environment Awareness Campaign 2011

Narendra Chettri agreed with the unity shown by the members of Sangh and he said it is this togetherness that makes a difficult work easy. He was pleased with the Himali Sangh’s progress and appreciated the follow up of the programs conducted by the Sangh. TN Poudyal, President of Sangh in his short speech after the program said that it is important that we care for our mother nature and by carrying out such initiatives the people are helping in making the environment more greener and emphasized on the need of making it sure that the saplings planted on the occasion are grown to be trees.

Ten minutes to Earth was also observed at Mangan organized by the Department of Forest, Mangan. The programme was attended by the area MLA, Mr. TW Lepcha as the chief guest and coordinated by District Collector (N), Mr. TN Kazi, DFO (T), S Saring, Officers of the Forest Department, CMO (N), BDO (N), and other officers of the different department, MNP Councilors, Panchayats and public.

During the programme, everyone assembled at the District Hospital Complex and planted the different saplings. In the second phase, the Little Flower Nursery School students of Mangan, staffs in coordination with the Police Department of Mangan conducted the rally starting from the Mangan Bus stand leading towards lower Mangan bazaar and also planted saplings. Similarly, the villagers of Rabi Chongdong Busty in North Sikkim also organized a plantation drive to mark 10 Minutes to Earth.

The drive was organized by the Nav Disha a local NGO. The plantation drive was conducted under the supervision of Mr. Dawa Tamang of Rabi Busty. It was also decided that the every household will have to look after the saplings that are nearby to their home. The people from all walks of life including senior citizens, youth, women, students and the forest officials took part in the drive.

(Courtesy: Sikkim Mail)



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