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CM flags off Know your Sanctuaries and Wetlands Campaign

 Source: IT News

Imphal, January 31 2021: Chief Minister N Biren Singh flagged off a month long "Know Your Sanctuaries and Wetlands" media campaign at Manipur Press Club, Imphal today.

The campaign was organized by All Manipur Working Journalists' Union (AMWJU) under the sponsorship of Department of Forest and Directorate of Environment and Climate Change.

The campaign started with 22 journalists including four women and two members of Manipur Mountaineering & Trekking Association heading for Bunning, Zeilad Wildlife Sanctuary, Jiri Makru, Tamenglong District for a four days trip.

The team will also observe World Wetland Day on 2nd February at Zeilad Lake.

Addressing the media persons during the flag off programme, N Biren said that organizing such media campaign was very important as media could play a crucial role in providing awareness to the public about the importance of preserving our wildlife sanctuaries and wetlands.

CM flags off Know your Sanctuaries and Wetlands Campaign

CM flags off Know your Sanctuaries and Wetlands Campaign :: Pix - DIPR

Expressing sadness on the deteriorating conditions of the State's Reserve forest, National Parks, Sanctuaries and Wetlands, he stressed on the need of selfless joint efforts on the part of all stakeholders to protect the human race from the harmful effects of climate change.

The Chief Minister further claimed that insincerity on the part of concerned officials by providing patta in wetland and forest areas and their short visions were among the factors of worsening condition of the State's environment.

Mentioning about large scale deforestation at Mount Koubru, he also urged the Forest Department officials to carry out a spot visit and take up necessary steps with strict rules to save the forest areas.

Speaking on the occasion, Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister Awangbow Newmai said that the media campaign was not just important for providing information to the public but also helpful in Government's planning for taking up developmental projects.

He added that the State Government had much concern on the protection of forest and wildlife under the supervision of Chief Minister N Biren Singh.

Maintaining that the State had shown considerable improvement in all aspects, he also sought support and coordination from media persons in taking the State towards further development.

During the programme, Chairman, Manipur State Pollution Control Board L.Radhakishore handed over tracksuits, caps, face masks and hand sanitizers to AMWJU President Bijoy Kakchingtabam for distribution to journalists taking part in the media campaign.

The items were provided by Manipur Pollution Control Board under Swachhta Action Plan Scheme 2020-21 .

During the month of February, the campaign will cover other different places of the State including Ithai Pat, Loktak Pat, Keibul Lamjao National Park and Thinungei Bird Sanctuary in Bishnupur District; Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary in Tengnoupal District; Usoipokpi Pat, Waithou Pat, Utra Pat, Lousi Pat, Khoidum Pat, Kharam Pat and Ikop Pat in Thoubal District; Khayang Pat, Kachopung Pat in Kamjong District; Siroi National Park in Ukhrul District; Khamlang Pat, Yaral Pat, Poirou Pat, Heingang Pat in Imphal East; Zaimeng Lake in Kangpokpi District and Kailam Wildlife Sanctuary in Pherzawl District.

President, Editors' Guild Manipur Khogendra Khomdram, Officials of Forest Department, Environment and Climate Change Department and senior Journalists of the State also attended the programme among others.

Later, the Chief Minister along with Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister and Chairman, Manipur Pollution Control Board inspected the condition of Nambul River.