Aizawl, March 2: Home Minister R. Lalzirliana on Tuesday afternoon, while inaugurating Forest Department Rest House at Biate, said that due to negligence on the part of the people, problem of climate change and scarcity of water sources is on the rise in Mizoram.
The people in the State have been ignorant of the need to protect trees and bamboos, the forest and wildlife, he said.
One surface level Mizoram appears as having good forest cover, but in reality it has become one of the States in India which are without Virgin Forest, the Minister added.
It is important to know that the responsibility to protect the green forest and wildlife is not only in the hands of the Forest Department and the government, but in the hands of each and every one, he emphatically said.
Home Minister was the Chief Guest at the inauguration of the Rest House. He was accompanied by Environment and Forest Minister Lalrinmawia Ralte, who was the Guest of Honour, and also by R. Vanlalvena, ZOHANCO Chairman.
The Guest of Honour, Forest Minister Lalrinmawia Ralte said in his speech that from the perspective of that Environmental & Forest Department, the villages of Tuichangral are praiseworthy in their initiatives regarding forest and wildlife protection.
In the meantime, it is disheartening to learn through Facebook in recent time that some people hunted down over 200 birds a day using China-made Airgun with a scope put on it, the Minister said, adding that more Awareness Campaign would be necessary in this regard.
The State Forest Minister said that now DCs of all the Districts have been directed to impose a ban as per law on hunting of birds and other wildlife (for initial two months). If not heeded, it shall be replaced by another more stringent law and for longer time, he added.
Forest Rest House inauguration programme in the day was presided over by Lalduhthlana, DFO, N. Vanlaiphai while V. Lalfala, Conservator of Forest, Southern Circle, concluded it with vote of thanks. The Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, ZOHANCO Chairman and CF planted a tree sapling to mark the inauguration of Biate Forest Rest House.
The Forest Department Rest House, constructed since June 2 last year, costs around Rs. 30 lakhs.