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Push for green action plan

Ranchi, July 31: Jharkhand on Thursday took a major step to implement the long-overdue action plan on climate change with the forest department hosting the maiden sensitisation programme for environment guardians.

Called “Capacity building workshop on climate change and adaptation”, the session was held at a Ranchi hotel in partnership with United Nations Development Programme and the Government of India. It brought together experts from across the country on one platform to discuss ways to effectively utilise the plan that was readied last year after much dilly-dally.

Development commissioner Sudhir Prasad graced the occasion as the chief guest. Principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) D.K. Srivastava was also present along with other forest officers.

State forest secretary Alka Tiwari said: “After working for nearly two years since 2012, we finally have a plan ready on how to go about tackling the problem. Today’s programme was aimed at equipping our forest officials of the plan and how they should execute it. In the coming days, regular programmes will be held for other stakeholders.”

The plan will now be placed before the state-level steering committee on August 25.

Development commissioner Prasad, while taking a dig on “workshops and seminars” in general, said all good talks were usually forgotten after the event was over.

He directed the state forest department to revive the state climate task force, which he heads as the chairman, before August 15.

“I don’t remember when the team last met in the past one year. But we should now meet before August 15,” he stressed.