East Sikkim, Nov. 25, 2010
The “Conservation Day” was celebrated today for the first time in the state. For East district the venue was 4th Mile Primary School and was organised by Forest, Environment and Wildlife Management Department. Various topics such as climate change, global warming, conservation of flora and fauna, conservation of natural resources etc. were discussed. Speaking on these topics B.B. Gurung, D.F.O Territory East said that “Conservation” as a whole has a vast meaning. It’s not limited to one person or a certain area. In order to do so every person should understand that all are equally responsible for the climatic changes in some way or the other and therefore reduce the wastage of electricity, water, food etc. and other daily use substances and natural resources, added Mr. Gurung. The main motive of the programme was to sensitise public and spread awareness about conservation and preservation. Mr. K.B. Gurung, D.F.O. Land Use, East educated the public about the negative effects of plastics. The reason behind the programme being held in 4th Mile instead of the state’s capital was to educate the people from grassroot level, said Mr. Gurung. There has been a drastic environmental change since 1994 which led to increase in the usage of natural resources, vehicles and plastic usage. Therefore it’s every individual’s responsibility to come forward and join hands together in conservation, he said.
T.P.S.S. (Tsongmo Pokhari Sangrakchan Samiti) N.G.O. representative, Sangay Tshering Sherpa, stated that it’s very important to understand and imbibe the real essence of conservation. He urged people to plant more trees and understand the importance of trees. The conservation programme was held under the chairmanship of Mr. P.B. Mangar (Rtd.), Ordinance Department (Defense). On behalf of the public of 4th Mile a petition to the S.T.C.S Department was put forward asking the Department to distribute LPG gas timely as it becomes mandatory to cut trees for firewood when the LPG cylinders are not delivered in time. This cutting of wood also leads to depletion of trees and natural resources. Officials Mr. D.S. Chettri, D.F.O., R.V.P, Mr. C.P. Sharma, A.C.F. Social Forestry, Mr. B.K. Chettri, A.C.F. Land Use East, Ranger Officers Territorial Kyonasla, Territorial Wildlife, Mr. Giri, A.S.I 3rd Mile Check Post, teachers and 4th Mile residents were also present in the programme.