SUBJECT :Botanical Survey of India Gangtok, as directed by the ministry of Environment, celebrated Van Mahotsav 2019 from July 1 to 6 with environment-related programme at two villages. 

Gangtok, July 8, 2019: Botanical Survey of India Gangtok, as directed by the ministry of Environment, celebrated Van Mahotsav 2019 from July 1 to 6 with environment-related programme at two villages.

At Luing village in east Sikkim, the BSI in collaboration with local villagers organised a sensitization programme at Luing senior secondary school. Five hundred saplings of indigenous plants were also distributed for plantation. In the second phase, the BSI collaborated with the gram panchayat of Maligaon, Lower Nandok. The programme was attended by retired forest joint director M.R.Rai as the chief guest, retired forest principal scientist.

Usha Lachungpa as the guest of honour, panchayat member Phurba Doma Lepcha, senior scientist Dr. Y.K.Rai from G.B.Pant Institute, Pangthang along with the local inhabitants of the village.

At the outset, the gathering was briefed about the Van Mahotsav and BSI’s initiative for environment conservation by senior scientist Dr. Rajib Gogoi.

Usha Lachungpa, in her address, emphasized on protecting forest and promoting local plants of Sikkim during plantation drives. She also cited an example of a wild mango variety which is rapidly vanishing from the forest of Sikkim.

M.R.Rai said plastic is a major threat to the environment and appealed villagers to restrict use of plastic.

Phurba Doma Lepcha stated that when a tree is to be cut down, people should come forward to plant at least 10 trees.

Dr. Y.k Rai   explained how in the last 25 years the forest and environment has changed in Sikkim. Subhas Prdhan and Sundar Rai of BSI, Gangtok and Vijay Tamang of Maligaon spoke about the need of plantation and how to protect local Bio-resources.

At the end of the progrmme, Dr. Gogoi along with the other dignitaries distributed indigenous plant saplings among the villagers.


Source: Sikkim Express