Imphal, June 22,
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh officially launched the Chief Minister's Green Manipur Mission by planting a tree sapling at the complex of Socio Economic and Environment Development Society (SEEDS) located near Saheibung village in Kangpokpi District today.
A brainchild of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the mission has been introduced to develop and protect forests in each and every village of the State. An open gym each worth Rs. 5 to 6 lakhs will be installed as incentive at all the villages, which are willing to set aside at least 5 acres of land for development of forest.
Speaking at the launching function organised at the complex, the Chief Minister said that Manipur once known for its salubrious climate has also started facing the impact of environmental degradation. As such, it is high time to protect and develop forests in each and every locality for a sustainable living, he observed. Stating that our forefathers used to have a farsighted scientific tradition of conserving forests at Umang Lai (Sylvan Deity) complexes in every locality of Manipur, the Chief Minister said that all these wooded areas had now been destroyed by the current generation in the name of development. He said that the State Government is even ready to issue Patta in the name of the village concerned if the land where forest would be developed is a wasteland.
Rampant felling of trees in the hills of Manipur has created soil erosion leading to siltation of rivers and lakes, the Chief Minister said. He further said that accumulation of top soil can be seen instead of pebbles in the catchment areas of different rivers these days. Shri N. Biren further opined that in many hill areas, the soil has become too soft and weak due to excessive use of chemical fertilizers in poppy plantation. The Chief Minister also urged the Departments concerned and public to plant maximum number of saplings during this monsoon season.
Upon the demand of Saheibung villagers, the Chief Minister assured to consider opening of a Primary Health Sub-Centre (PHSC) in the village after discussing the matter in the State Cabinet. He also said that the Government is also ready to construct a market shed at Chiru Lamkhai near Sangaithel Park if necessary land/space is provided by the villagers.
State Planning Board Deputy Chairman S. Rajen Singh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) K. Angami, All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) President Bijoy Kakchingtabam, SEEDS president A. Mobi and Saheibung village chief Athang also attended the function as dignitaries.
The function was organised by Department of Forest with supports from Directorate of Environment and Socio Economic and Environment Development Society (SEEDS).