Panaji. July 03, 2019  … Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant has urged the youth and students to join in tree plantation in their neibhourwood, schools, parks and farmlands to make Goa Clean and Green.

Chief Minster was speaking on the occasion of inauguration and tree plantation drive of Van Mahotsav – 2019 at Ravindra Bhavan, Sankhali recently.

Others present on the occasion were Shri Subhash Chandra, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Shri Santoshkumar, Dy. Chief Conservator of Forests, Shri Sripad Arlekar, Member Secretary, Ravindra Bhavan, Shri Vithoba Ghadi, Vice Chairman of Ravindra Bhavan, Sankhali.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister said, through the concerted efforts of schools and mass awareness programmes could do well to understand surrounding plants, trees, birds and wild animals and can identify the steps required for a sustainable eco development.

Speaking further Chief Minister said, Goa despite being on fast track of development has been able to protect its forest due to public support and social ethos. He said for a small state like Goa, it is a remarkable achievement to have good land under forest and tree cover and maintaining its rich biodiversity, which makes Goa special green paradise.

Keeping in mind the role of forests in human well being, the Chief Minster said, to learn the importance of forests and trees the Government has planned to celebrate vanamahotsava for entire month of July and August to sustained Goas greenery and to make Goa healthier and happier place for visitors.

Earlier ceremonial plantation programme was held and thereafter medicinal plants Mobile Van was launched at the hands of Chief Minister. Free medicinal plants were also distributed for public on the occasion.

Shri Subhash Chandra, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests welcomed the guest. Dr. Dayanand Rao compered and Shri Vithoba Ghadi proposed vote of thanks.


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