Van Mahostava celebrated

DARAK, Jul 3: More than 300 saplings of different tree species were planted during a plantation drive carried out in Darak township in Darka circle of West Siang district on Tuesday as part of the weeklong ‘Van Mahostava’ celebration.
Attending the celebration, Sports & Youth Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Nyamar Karbak emphasized the importance of flora and fauna for the survival of human beings.
“Our planet is the only place that nurtures life; so every individual must take care of Mother Earth. Let us all take a pledge to keep our surroundings green and clean,” Karbak said.
“When we destroy wildlife and forests, we do not realize that we are at the same time destroying the balance of the ecosystem, which in turn affects those who live in it,” he said.
Karbak said more than 1 lakh flower seeds would soon be distributed throughout Liromoba constituency by Kamba Nursery in an effort to beautify the entire region.
Aalo DFO Abhinav Kumar said the forest department’s efforts to conserve wildlife bore fruit recently when the cameras installed by the department captured the movement of tigers in the dense jungles near Boro Rakshap village in the circle.
“We were also able to trace tiger pugmarks of different sizes, which indicate that there are a few wildcats in the jungle. This is good news not only for the circle but also for the state and the entire region as the population of the species is decreasing each passing day,” he said.
The DFO appealed to the locals to stay away from forest destruction activities and killing of wild animals and birds.
Senior forest official Prem Kumar highlighted ways to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
Besides the Yomcha ADC and the circle officers of Darak and Kamba, former panchayat members, youths and HoDs of the circle participated in the programme, which was organized by the forest department in collaboration with the Kargu Karbi Students’ Union.