Imphal: Forest, environment and climate change minister Awangbow Newmai on Thursday led a road side tree plantation drive along the stretch from Tamei to Langmei in Tamei Headquarters at Tamenglong district as part of the ongoing ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mohatsav’ celebrations to mark the 75th year of India’s Independence.
Awangbou said tree plantation program should be taken seriously in hill districts too as the global warming is affecting each and every citizen of the state and country as well.
Although various infrastructural development projects are necessary for growth of the nation, the ecological balance of the region must be maintained to protect the environment and the natural resources. The aim and objective of the program is to spread awareness about the importance of environmental conservation, he said.
During the pandemic the people of the state faced many challenges, including oxygen shortage for a brief period. During the pandemic everybody realized the importance of oxygen, so each and every citizen must plant trees, nurture and protect it, he said and urged the eligible people to get vaccinated at the earliest to fight the pandemic.
‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of Independence of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.
The tree plantation drive was organised by Manipur State Rural Roads Development Agency, rural engineering department.
The road stretch from Tamei to Langmei has been constructed under the package No. MN0729 of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
The department officials sensitized the masses regarding the various schemes taken up by the department.