SUBJECT :Southern Angami Youth Organization (SAYO) today declared Dzükou Valley a ‘Plastic Free Zone’ coinciding with World Environment Day at Viswema Village, under Kohima District. 

The entrance to Dzükou Valley. (Morung File Photo)

Kohima, June 5, 2019: Southern Angami Youth Organization (SAYO) today declared Dzükou Valley a ‘Plastic Free Zone’ coinciding with World Environment Day at Viswema Village, under Kohima District.

Advisor, Youth Resources and Sports, Government of Nagaland Zale Neikha noted that Dzükou Valley is one of the biggest asset for the Nagas which belongs to the people of the land as against the structure of ‘land division’ at familial and societal levels existing in our Naga society which calls for collective effort in preservation and protection of its aesthete.

Therefore, he said that any developmental activities should be brought in with utmost diligence and with decisiveness. Stating that the declaration of plastic free zone encompasses “cleanliness” in all sense, he called the leaders to be perseverant in taking the lead forward.

He further underscored that our people need to come back to farming and look towards contributing to the economy and value a rupee’s profit as a start and inculcate the spirit of keeping our environment clean and adapting eco-friendly practices.

Additional Director (HoD) Department of Tourism Akhale Vizol called to contextualize universal initiatives on protection of environment at the local level.

Upholding the valley to be an institution of environmental education and Environmental Day also called the Peoples’ Day with utmost participation of all citizens; she suggested some measures that can be incorporated in our region.

To this, she pointed that we need to take sight of unconscious killing of biodiversity while undertaking environmental initiatives. She said nailing of signboards on trees is an oversight at killing the tree.

She also called the organizations concerned to mane entry points in measuring plastic use in the valley. As a suggestive measure, the Tourism officer asserted that an organization as AYO can enforce the use of Car bins for both private and public transports.

She also insisted interested persons to avail entrepreneurial benefits with the help of the tourism department.

The programme was chaired by SAYO Vice President Khriese Sale. The theme note was delivered by President Zakeleto Ts. Meanwhile, Angami Youth Organization (AYO) and Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) also spoke during the programme.

Meanwhile, with an aim to protect one of the most important watershed areas of Kohima district, Pulie Badze was declared as ‘Plastic Free Zone’ with the initiative from Department of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Kohima Forest Division in collaboration with Jotsoma Nature Conservation & Ecotourism Committee and village functionaries of Jotsoma village on June 5.

Coinciding with the World Environment Day, the programme for declaration of ‘Plastic Free Zone’ was held at the Pulie Badze Peak.

During the programme, Rongsenlemla Imchen, DFO Kohima highlighted on the need for declaring Pulie Badze as plastic free and the importance of corroborative efforts of all sections of the society in the community to check plastic pollution along with other environmental issues in letter and spirit. JSU President Bode thanked the department for the initiative and said it will go a long way in protecting the area sustainably.

Secretary JNCEC Asito Peseyie read out the plastic free resolution resolved by the village community.

Pezaneinuo, Ranger Kohima Range administered the pledge ‘Say No to Plastic’ and also led the declaration.

Chairman JNCEC Dr Jükhrie Nakhro said the invocation. To mark the occasion, cleanliness drive was carried out from the peak to the base camp and plantation was done along the road leading to the base camp with around 60 volunteers. The department distributed eco friendly waste bins, signboards and posters to the community. Students from GHSS & GHS Jotsoma participated in the program along with the village community.