| Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi inaugurates the wildlife week at JP roundabout in Patna on Tuesday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
The state government has decided to observe October 5 as Dolphin Day every year.
Flagging off this year’s wildlife week from the JP roundabout on Tuesday, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said this. “We have been celebrating wildlife week for the past few years. But from this year, we have decided to celebrate it in a grander way. This year, we will organise a series of programmes to celebrate wildlife week,” he said.
“Besides, the government will observe wildlife week every year from October 2,” he added.
Bhojpuri artiste Manoj Tiwari will lead a wildlife march on October 5 from Raj Bhavan. The following day, a cultural programme would be organised at Rajdhani Vatika and an essay competition would be organised at Patna zoo on October 7. The wildlife week would conclude with programmes at the Patna zoo and a film show at Rajdhani Vatika.
Modi said: “We will start celebrating Dolphin Day from this year. On October 5, a dolphin workshop would be organised at Rabindra Parishad. A documentary film would be screened during the programme. Zoologist R.K. Sinha, popularly known as Dolphin Man, has made the film.”
He added: “The government is contemplating to promote dolphin tourism in Bihar. When I visited some other countries, I found them using dolphins and whales as tools to promote tourism. The government will try to promote a similar culture here in Patna.”
The deputy chief minister also requested the people of the state to take steps for environment conservation and help maintain ecological balance.
He said that the government would celebrate October 2 as World Non-Violence Day.