SHIMLA -09 October, 2019

Governor urges people to contribute in making cleanliness and plastic-free campaign more effective

On the occasion of International Kullu Dussehra Festival, Governor Bandaru Dattatraya called upon the people to make their significant contribution in making cleanliness as well as plastic-free campaign more effective and successful. He was speaking while inaugurating the cultural evening of international Kullu Dussehra festival at Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra at Kullu on Tuesday evening.

The Governor said that the festivals celebrated in the state reveal the religious beliefs of the people. He said that it was a good thing that despite the different geographical conditions, the people of the state were still devoted to their ancient culture, traditions and cultural heritage and these fairs and festivals were an important part of their lifestyle, where the enthusiasm and excitement of public life was reflected.

“As such, the entire Himachal is very beautiful. However, Kullu district is world-renowned for its tempting beauty and valleys and has its unique place in India for its nature and culture”, said Dattatraya. He added that every year lakhs of tourists from the country and abroad visited here and enjoyed the natural beauty. He urged the local residents to protect this beautiful environment and said that although environmental protection was a big challenge for us but human life and its development rests on this.

He said that Dussehra signifies the victory of good over evil and we get to learn the truth, sacrifice, high ideals and service from the life of Lord Rama and there was a need to follow these ideals to make society happy.

Earlier, the Governor also paid obeisance at Lord Raghunath Ji idol placed at Mela ground.

Forest, Transport, Youth Services and Sports Minister Govind Thakur, welcomed the Governor on the occasion and said Dussehra festival was very significant as teachings of Lord Rama were equally important in the present time as well. He appreciated the efforts of Kullu district administration for a better arrangement of the festival. He also honoured the Governor on the occasion.

Deputy Commissioner-cum-Vice Chairman of Kullu Dussehra festival committee Dr. Richa Verma detailed about the activities planned for the festival.

Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary, Judge of Himachal Pradesh High Court, Kishori Lal Sagar and Sunder Singh Thakur, MLAs, Gaurav Singh, Superintendent of Police and other prominent people were also present on the occasion.

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CM stresses on conservation of endangered animal and bird species

  • Distributes prizes to winners of various competitions held during wild life week

Wildlife plays an important role in balancing the environment as it provides stability to different ecosystems of nature. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the concluding function of Wildlife week organized by the State Wildlife Wing here on Tuesday evening.

The Chief Minister said that since time immemorial and even in Indian mythology wildlife was given utmost importance and birds, animals and even snakes were worshiped in our society. He said that the State Government was committed to conserve and protect wildlife in the State. He appreciated the Wildlife Wing of Forest department for successful conserving the Cheer pheasant.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the greater stress should be laid on conservation of endangered and rare species, animals and birds. It was vital that we protect the wildlife as since time immemorial humans and animals have lived together. He said that this year’s theme of the wildlife week was focused on snow leopard, the State animal of Himachal Pradesh.

The Chief Minister also released a souvenir on the occasion.

He announced Rs. 5100 each to the students of two local government schools for presenting skits on the occasion and distributed prizes to the winners of different events and competitions organized during the wildlife week celebration.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that it was duty of each one of us to conserve wildlife in the State and country. He congratulated the winners of various competitions held by the Wildlife wing on the occasion and appreciated the messages given by the children through skits regarding wildlife conservation. He said that the Wild life was under threat due to excessive interference of humans in their territory.

PCCF Dr. Ajay Kumar said that every year Wild life week was celebrated throughout the country from 2-8 October.

PCCF (Wildlife) Dr. Sarita said that Wild Life Week celebration was planned for general awakening of the people in the country towards the protection of wildlife. She said that this year the Wildlife week was organised with the theme to conserve snow leopard.

Akshita Thakur of the Oxford International School, Hamirpur won the first prize in the painting contest. Harsh Kumar of Super Magnet Senior Secondary School, Hamirpur won second and Gauri Rai third position in the contest. Somya Saini of DAV Public Sr. Sec. School Shimla, Shubham Anand Sharma of Govt. Sr. Sec. School Ghanahat and Aditi Sharma of Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School Chamba were respectively awarded as first, second and third in the slogan writing in Hindi competition. Aditi Verma of Loreto Convent Shimla, Palak Gupta of Dayanand Public School Shimla and Pragti of Blue Star School Hamirpur were awarded as first, second and third in the slogan writing in English competition. In essay writing competition in Hindi Aakrshita Sharma of Dayanand Public School Shimla, Aditi Ahir of Govt. Model School Chamba and Sakshi Devi of Govt. School Raipur Chamba were awarded first, second and third prizes respectively. Whereas in English essay writing competition Purab Kulranjan Singh Thakur of St. Edward's Schol Shimla, Dipti Sood of Dayanand School Shimla and Prach Peunas of DAV Lakkar Bazar, Shimla won the first, second and third position respectively. In Inter-University Wildlife Quiz competition Aman Mahajan and Tarun Verma of Nauni University won the first prize, Kush Bhardwaj and Navjot Singh Thakur of Palampur University and Pooja and Kartik Thakur of HPU Shimla respectively won second and third position, Forest Worker Sukhvir Singh was awarded for excellent service for his work at Cheer Pheasant Breeding Centre at Khadiyun.

Deputy Mayor Rakesh Sharma and other senior officers of the State Government were present on the occasion among others.