Prakruti Mitra For 166

Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha warned about more Super Storms like FANI may frequent the State and the country if governments and people don’t take adequate measures to neutralize air pollution and promote eco-friendly environment.

Speaking as Chief Guest at a function organised by the Department of Forest and Environment on the occasion of the World Environment Day here, Mr.Arukha said, referring to this year’s theme ‘Together we can…Beat air pollution’, that we have to act at the sources of air pollution by using public transport system and reducing burning of fuel.

“Accelerating the process of expanding renewable energy, lessening our dependence on chemical fertilizer in agriculture, proper management of garbage and plantation of more and more trees will help us meet the challenge,” he said.
Mr.Arukha also underlined limiting the use of natural resources and creating more forests to meet the challenges that we have been already facing.
Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Environment Department Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said air pollution in the State’s Capital, Bhubaneswar, may take an alarming proportion if the increasing dependence on vehicles is not is not reduced in favor of public transport system and plantation of trees is not taken up in large scale.
Proper management of garbage including plastic items is very important, he said adding, the role of Eco-clubs is most important in restoring environmental equilibrium.
Mnister, Mr.Arukha gave away Prakruti Mitra awards to 166 organizations for significant work in the field of environment protection this year.
Besides, 165 individuals in the district level were given Prakruti Bandhu awards at the function.
An eco-model exhibition was organised on the occasion and three of the participants were adjudged best. The minister also awarded them.
At the beginning, Arukh inaugurated a book titled ‘Paribeshara Jagrata Prahari’ and ‘NVS Sambad Patrika’, mouthpiece of Centre for Environmental Studies.
Director of Environment and Special Secretary K Murugeshan gave the welcome address.
Vote of thanks was tendered by Centre for Environmental Studies Director Prof. Asutosh Debata.
The function was coordinated by Sucheta Priyadarshini

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