Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma has attended the mega plantation program which was organized by the Environment and Forest Department on 7 July 2021 on the occasion of 72nd Van Mahotsav week at the AIIMS construction site at Changsari in Kamrup.
After planting rudraksha saplings at the event, the minister said that the Covid pandemic has made everyone realise how important oxygen is. We should learn a lesson from this and must strive to preserve the state's forests and biodiversity. He also reiterated the importance of Van Mahotsav in spreading awareness about the importance of greeneries and trees for sustaining ecology.
The Chief Minister said that the reforestation drive under Assam Project for Forest and Biodiversity Conservation would have to be monitored for qualifying the performance. He stressed the need to increase the use of technology like satellite imaging by the forest department. The use of drone surveys would be helpful in verifying the authenticity of all tree plantations.
He also advocated simplifying rules for enabling people to grow and sell Agar, red sandalwood or other valuable trees in their private lands .
During the program, it was informed that major reforms will be initiated in the department soon so that incidents like elephant death in Bamuni Hills do not occur again.
It was also informed that the State Government is considering the option of giving one-month compulsory paid leave to forest guards working in the sanctuaries and forests. He also advocated simplifying rules for enabling people to grow and sell Agar, red sandalwood or other valuable trees in their private lands.
Along with the CM other dignitaries like Forest Minister Parimal Shuklabaidya, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta, Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, MP Queen Oja were also present at the event.