The Telegraph
Monday , June 6 , 2016

Firm push for eco-ethics

Minister CP Singh felicitates Samayra Mahto, a Class II student of Sacred Heart Convent, Jamshedpur, who won the drawing contest in Ranchi on Sunday. Picture by Hardeep Singh

The state forest and environment department has proposed dedicated ethics committees in industrial houses for self-monitoring of green activities, a move aimed at encouraging the corporate sector to do its bit in curbing climate change.

Principal secretary (forests) Sukhdeo Singh said the department would take up the matter with FJCCI to work out a detailed mechanism to prod companies to constitute the green panels for conservation of natural resources.

Singh was addressing a seminar on biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources, organised by JSPCB at a Ranchi hotel on Sunday to mark World Environment Day.

Urban development minister C.P. Singh was the chief guest at the event that was also attended by chief secretary Rajbala Verma, among others.

"Power plants in Jharkhand produce 6,000MW of electricity daily by reducing 60,000 tonnes of coal to ashes. One gram of carbon produces four grams of carbon dioxide. So every day, nearly 2.25 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide is released into the air. But, we do not plant enough trees to absorb this huge amount of gas," principal secretary Singh pointed out.

He maintained that Jharkhand had registered a marked increase in forest area in the past 15 years. "The forest cover has increased from 22,531sqkm in 2001 to 23,437sqkm in 2013. However, we have only concentrated on improving greenery whereas the need is to focus on non-forest areas too."

The forest department has thus earmarked Rs 70 crore for tree plantation in non-forest areas, he added.

Minister Singh said he wanted to see people adopting environment-friendly measures in their routine life and planting trees on a daily basis. "People should plant trees as a routine and not just on special days," he added.

The chief secretary, on the other, reiterated the government's commitment to improve environment conditions in Jharkhand, and highlighted various measures taken up to recharge groundwater tables and rejuvenate ponds, lakes and dams.

Earlier, minister released a souvenir on Jharkhand's biodiversity, and handed over prizes to schoolchildren who won drawing and elocution contests organised by the forest department a month ago.

Samayra Mahto, a Class II student of Sacred Heart Convent, Jamshedpur, had won the drawing contest while Hamzad Ansari, a Class VIII student of a Ranchi-based cradle, bagged the first prize in elocution.


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