Tribune News Service
Karnal, April 22
Kanwar Pal Gujjar, Forest and Education Minister, exhorted people on Friday to save the environment and stated that it was a moral obligation for everyone to do so.
He chaired a function at Karna Lake on Earth Day, where Hero Motocorp presented 250 bikes to Haryana Forest and Wildlife Department. The bikes were part of the CSR component, which aims to strengthen the capacity for frontline forest and wildlife officials for conservation and management of wildlife and forests.
Over the past few years, urbanization has been on the rise. This has led to the overexploitation of natural resource. It is our responsibility to ensure the preservation of natural resources for the future generation. I appeal to you to plant saplings and help protect them. Kanwar Pal Gujjar, forest & edu minister
In the presence the minister, Dr Vivek Saxena, Chief Executive Officer Haryana State Forest Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority, (CAMPA), signed an MOU with Rajesh Makhija CSR adviser at Hero Motocorp, for exchanging future resources and other works to protect the environment.
A bike rally was also held to raise awareness on the environment. The minister flagged it off. In the presence of the minister, Makhija handed over the symbolic key to the department officials. “Urbanisation has been increasing for the past several years, which has resulted in the exploitation of natural resources. For the future generation, it is our duty to work for the conservation of natural resources,” said the minister. He appealed for people to plant saplings to protect them.
The Forest Minister spoke alongside AK Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Forest Department), Jagdish Chender, Principal Chief Conservationator of Forest, Navdeephooda, Chief General Manager Haryana Forest Corporation, and Deputy Commissioner Anish Yadav. He also stated that more forest would be created to increase the state’s green coverage. “We are planting sapling on the land of panchayat to increase the green cover,” he said.
He thanked Hero Motocorp, for providing support to the department that will enable it to reach remote areas quickly. Later, a workshop at CSSRI was organized at the state level, which was inaugurated later by the Forest Minister.