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A move towards a greener Sikkim

Written by: Staff
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Gangtok, Jun 5 (UNI) World Environment Day celebrations in Sikkim brings an annual ritual of planting tree saplings across the state.

The state level celebrations of World Environment Day was observed in a befitting manner at Namchi, district headquarters, South Sikkim with the participation of the entire state brass.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling clearly defined that, "The future of Sikkim lies in its natural resources.

The people must come forward in the protection and management of its natural resources," he said.

Mr Chamling also informed about the ban imposed by the state two years back on the grazing of yaks and cows, poaching of wild animals, collection of medicinal plants, timber felling and other activities. However, concrete steps are yet to be taken in that direction, he said. The chief minister warned that from now onwards, harsh penalties and heavy fines would be imposed on those involved in such illegal activities. He also touched upon the issue of removal of cow and yak sheds from the protected forest areas of the state.

Despite the best efforts of the state government, people have not completely removed such sheds, he said adding that it benefits only a few, but ultimately, thousands suffer.

Mr Chamling also announced a cash award of Rs one lakh and certificates to those individuals or organisations that will give important contributions for the safeguard of the natural resources and environment.

UNI XC BA AKP2205

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