Tripura Home Guards set up plant nursery of one lakh rare species

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Agartala, Jul 6 (UNI) The Tripura Home Guards have set up a huge plant nursery during the spare time of the volunteers within a year and also announced to supply the plants to all public authorities for planting in their campus and along the busiest roads of the state in the monsoon.

State Forest Minister Jitendra Choudhury and Environment Minister Joy Gobinda Debroy officially inaugurated the nursery today at Police Lines here, which has more than one lakh seedlings of 35 different species, including seven rare flora.

Home Guard volunteers asserted that Deputy Inspector General of Police Nepal Chandra Das was the one who motivated them for non-commercial plant nursery and avenue plantation and also made them aware of global warming and climate change.

''The DIG himself collected the plant species from different parts of the state through Home Guard volunteers and taught them in detail about the particular species and its long term socio-economic benefits,'' Sukhesh Deb, a Home Guard volunteer, said, adding that Mr Das for the first time ensured their participation in the World Environment Day programme.

Mr Deb also underlined that Home Guards were paid very less but had actively participated in combating militancy in past two decades along with police and other paramilitary forces, besides guarding the residences of VIPs and other scheduled work and as many as ten volunteers sacrificed their lives in fighting against militancy.

Mr Das maintained that the efforts of Home Guard Volunteers were to motivate other forces to take care of nature and guarding the forest resources for a better future as well as to facilitate the civil society to maintain eco-balance.

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