Wednesday, August 13, 2014
B’NGIR WOMEN TIE RAKHIS ON TREES, PROMISE PROTECTION Wednesday, 13 August 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
B’NGIR WOMEN TIE RAKHIS ON TREES, PROMISE PROTECTION
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Women and girl students of the Dumerjore area in Balangir district on Sunday launched a unique way of protecting forests by tying Rakhis on trees in the area.
Villagers and members of food security committees of about six villages in Dumerjore observed the Raksha Bandhan festival together under the banners of the Zila Jungle Suraksha O’ Parichalalna Forum, RCDC and Kandulbudha Food Security Federation.
On this occasion, District Welfare Officer Babu Maharana and Sarpanch of Bandhapara gram panchayat Gopal Singh Nina were present and encouraged the villagers to protect forests. They expressed concerns that though the Forest Act prescribes that 37 per cent of the geographic area should be covered under forest, this is limited on pen and paper only. In actual practice, there is no dense forest available today in the country.
“There scarcity of agricultural and house equipment, fuel, food and fodder due to deforestation. The global warming is also caused due to it. We have vowed to respect trees as our brothers and plant saplings on every Raksha Bandhan day,” said a student after tying rakshis on some of trees.
The programme was managed by the zonal committee members of the Forest Forum and the Kandula Budha Khadya Suraksha Mahasangh, including Somanath Patel, Tekendra Jal, Kulamani Sahu, Pitambar Padhan, Sesadeb Bhoi and Bibhuti Bhusan Sahu.