A Special Cash Award given to Mr W. Dhar for planting the maximum number of trees

Shillong, June 21: The District Basin Development Unit, West Jaintia Hills District brings down the curtains on the World Environment Day 2018 celebration with a grand finale held today at Ialong Eco Park, a distance of 8 Kms East from the District headquarter, Jowai. Shri WailadmikiShylla, local MLA and Chairman, Meghalaya Commission on Resources Mobilization, Govt. of Meghalaya graced the program as the Chief Guest.

The celebration in the district started on 5th June, 2018 in the district headquarter held in the Conference Hall, DC’s office Jowai where heads of office, NGOs, heads of educational institutions attended the program. This was followed by a series of program for the school children such as painting, essay writing, cleaning drive in all the offices in the district, Exposure Trip to Tuber Community Reserve was organized by DFO (WF), tree plantation at Mother Elizabeth School for the Visually Impaired, Nangbah on 19/06/2018, etc.

Today the 21st June, 2018, the grand finale program started at 9:00 AM sharp where students from various schools took part in “A Walk in the Park” program where the students were divided into 2(two) groups led by experts from Botanical Survey of India and Zoological Survey of India, Shillong  and Rangers from Forest Department, Jaintia Division guided the students through the Eco Park to identify the tree species inside the park.

Their medicinal and economical values, their contribution to the environment, age, life span, etc. many tree species such as Gardenia Jasminodes, Quercus Serrata, SysiginTrchegonus, RhusChinensis, Sclera Racemose and Cryptogria, etcwere identified by the participants which makes the program successful as it creates awareness on the importance of preservation, conservation and protection of the environment by planting of trees and its preservation.

This was followed by a presentation by Smti. H. Lato, MFS DFO (wildlife), Jowai on “Wild Life Conservation” and Shri D. Lamar, Asst. Director of Agriculture, Jowai on “Living in for Environment” which helped in creating more awareness on the need to preserve wildlife and the environment. Students made a presentation on what they observed during the ‘Walk in The Park’ and prizes were awarded to the Best Picture with the Most Beautiful Quote.

While delivering the address on the theme and objective of organizing the program, Shri Donny M. Wallang, Vice Chairperson, DBDU, West Jaintia Hills District stated that ‘it is the duty of each citizen to ensure that the in pursuit for material prosperity enriching ourselves by obtaining our wealth, we should not compromise our environment. It is our duty today to preserve, conserve and protect our environment and what choices we made today will definitely define the future we are giving to our Gen Next.

Awareness shall surely make a difference’.  A request to initiate a Green Social Responsibility program for a greener tomorrow was also requested to the Chief Guest. Shri R. Rapthap, IAS Deputy Commissioner, West Jaintia Hills District in his address request the students to plant trees, prevent pollution and spread the awareness on what they have learned through the various program organized as part of the celebration. The Deputy Commissioner requested the students to rise up together and let their voice be heard to protect and preserve the Myntdu river.

Mr W.Shylla, Local MLA of Jowai and Chairman, Meghalaya Commission on Resources Mobilization, Govt. of Meghalaya said that our forefathers had learnt about conservation of the environment by setting up the Law Kyntang or Sacred Groves in various parts of the Khasi &Jaintia Hills district. The Chief Guest impressed upon the need to reduce the use of single-use plastic as to reduce pollution by using plastics.

Highlighting the fact that plastics are mostly non-biodegradable, the Chief Guest stressed on the need to take immediate action now for our state to take steps to preserve the environment. Shri Shylla requests the students and organizers to conduct more awareness programs on the matter as to set an example to the other citizens of the district and the state.

Prizes were distributed to the winners of the different competitions conducted as part of the program by Forest Department and DBDU, Jowai. The first prize for the “A Walk in the Park” was won by St. Mary Mazerrello Girls HS School, Jowai while the second and third prize was won by RMSA, Jowai and North Liberty H.S. School, Jowai respectively. The Winners of Essay competition are Category A are Ms. EndryaL. Lyngdoh of St Mary Mazerello Girls HS School, Second Ms. Rimika Dkhar of Seinraij HS School, Jowai and third prize Ms. Rimame L. Shylla of North Liberty H.S. School, Jowai and many consolation prizes were given on this day.

A Special Cash Award was given to Shri W. Dhar of Ialong for planting the maximum number of trees and preserving them as well.A short documentary film on the pollution of plastics and its effects on the oceans. A short skit was presented by the students of Kiang Nangbah College as part of the program while the welcome song was given by students of Thomas Jones Synod College, Jowai.

The program was chaired by MS. Y. Mawlong, EAC and attended by the local residents of Ialong, district officers, Community Nurseries and students from various schools in and around Jowai. Shri I. R. Marbaniang, ADPM proposed the vote of thanks and singing of the National Anthem led by the students of Thomas Jones Synod College. The program ended with the plantation of tree saplings by the Chief Guest, DC & Vice Chairperson of BDU Jowai besides other officers and participants.

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