Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Green Mizoram Day was observed in Aizawl and all other district headquarters across the state on Monday.
Led by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, the grand observance of Green Mizoram Day was held in Aizawl on the bank of river Chite and near a bridge between Ramthar and Thuampui localities where ceremonial planting of trees was held.
Lal Thanhawla, who also holds the portfolio of forest said that planting of tree saplings had started in 1998 under the banner Green Aizawl which was rechristened as Green Mizoram in 1999 and from that year tree planting across the state continued without any stoppage.
He said that 37 lakhs tree saplings had been planted so far since the first Green Mizoram Day in 1999.
He said that effort for planting of trees was part of an important step to protect environment and maintaining clean environment.
Lal Thanhawla emphasized the importance of looking after the planted saplings and conservation of the existing forests.
He lauded Monitoring Committee for their initiative to protect the planted sapling as a result of which the number of trees has been increasing in the state.
The chief minister said that Mizoram has one of the most diverse and rich biodiversities in the country.
He urged the people to value the richness of biodiversity as it is important to human beings and is an indication of the progress of the state.
Citing the need for fire prevention, Lal Thanhawla urged the officials and the people of Mizoram to be more alert and requested them to be more careful during the jhum season of slashing and burning.
The chief minister also handed over “Fire Prevention Award” to Lunglei district, which was adjudged as the best performing district in fire prevention, Mamit District for bagging second and Serchhip district for bagging third. Hlimen in Aizawl district was awarded the best village in fire prevention, followed by Rulchawm village and Sawleng village.
Last year under the Green Mizoram banner 24,342 tree saplings were planted and more than 70,000 saplings were distributed to NGOs and activists across the state.
Green Mizoram Day was also observed in other district headquarters and at Raj Bhavan under the aegis of the state’s Environment, Forest and Climate Change department.
Addressing a function held at Raj Bhavan’s Durbar hall here, state governor Kummanam Rajasekharan expressed his happiness to participate in his first Green Mizoram Day. With around 89% of the state covered in forests, he took pride in Mizoram’s achievement as the state with the largest forest cover and said it must be sustained for other states to emulate.
He also emphasized on the need to go that extra mile to nurture the saplings and ensure they become fully grown trees.
With the ill effects of climate change apparent in the state, he said that every citizen of the world must play their part in green activities.
He urged to campaign on the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, ‘beat plastic pollution’.
He said that Mizoram is aiming for a Green Mizoram, Clean Mizoram, Bio Mizoram and Organic Mizoram to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He appealed to the guests presents on Monday, the state government and the civil society for their cooperation towards the effort.