Mission Green JK: CJ urges stakeholders to work for safeguarding ecology
SRINAGAR, NOV 28:
Chief Justice, Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal today urged
all the stakeholders to make coordinated efforts to work for safeguarding
environment and ecology of the region.
Speaking at a
post-planation drive programme, ‘Green J&K Drive’ at District Court
Complex, Moominabad, Srinagar, the Chief Justice advised the Forest Department
and other stakeholders to convert the plantation drive into a Public Movement,
involving school children and all other sections of the society.
winter plantation drive was organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Department of
Forests in collaboration with District Legal Services Authority (DLSA),
Srinagar at District Court Complex, Moominabad, Srinagar.
On the occasion,
saplings of blue pine, deodar and Chinar were planted in the Campus.
Judges of the
J&K High Court and District Court, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer
Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police, SP Pani, SSP Srinagar, Haseeb Mugal
among other senior officers of Forest Department, Police and Civil
Administration participated in the event.
The Chief Justice
planted a conifer and Chinar saplings to formally launch the drive.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Inspector General of Police, SSP Srinagar,
Chief Engineer, R&B also planted the saplings under the drive.
The Chief Justice
suggested planting of a sapling by each family on the birth of a baby to ensure
participation of public in the
programme. “NGOs must be roped in for the massive plantation drives across
Jammu and Kashmir,” she said, adding “People who have passion for environment
must also come forward and play their part in saving environment and taking
Global Warming head-on,” she said.
Chief Justice in
her hour long speech complimented the Department of Forest for organising the
programme saying that afforestration is critical for Jammu & Kashmir—whose
survival is heavily dependent on plant life and biodiversity. “Maintaining proper green cover in a
tourist-friendly place like Jammu and Kashmir is all the more important for
us,” she said. “We all must develop passion for planting trees in our
surroundings. We must contribute back to the health of our environment, the way
it nourishing us,” she said.
The Chief Justice
lauded the efforts of Forest Department for maintaining, improving the green
cover in J&K and involving various stakeholders in the plantation
programmes. She directed the officers of District Legal Services Authority,
Srinagar to take up the plantation drive in all the Court Complexes in
collaboration with the Forest Department during current plantation season.
“We must take a
pledge to turn all our campuses clean and green. DLSA must take a lead in
carrying ahead this mission,” she said. She also urged the stakeholders to
launch a massive campaign against garbage and littering issues across Jammu and
“We are an
ecologically fragile area and we must be well civilized in disposing off our
garbage,” she said.
In his address,
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Dr. Mohit Gera highlighted the
achievements of “Green J&K Drive” which involves planting 50 Lakh plants in
J&K during the current year out of which 20.07 Lakh plants have already
been planted in Jammu region during monsoon season. He impressed upon the
officers of the Forest Department to involve the institutions, Students,
Panchayats and Civil Society in large numbers during plantation programmes.
He said that the
Forest Department has embarked on a massive afforestation drive across the
Jammu and Kashmir
Conservator of Forests, Kashmir, S.F.A. Gillani, welcomed the participants and
briefed them about the planting programmes being taken up during the winter
plantation season in Kashmir Region under the “Green J&K Drive”.
District and Session Judge and Chairman, District Legal Services Authority,
Srinagar, Abdul Rashid Malik conducted the proceedings and presented vote of
thanks during the event.
In his speech,
Malik invoked noted Sufi Saint, Shiekh-ul-Alam and his teachings about
safeguarding environment and ecology. He said that DLSA was keen to work for
turning Court campuses greener. He said that efforts are underway to launch
more programmes in this regard.