Chandigarh, June 4 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, said that the ‘three R’s of environment protection’, which include Reuse, Reduce and Recycle, should be adopted. He also stressed the need to have a uniform policy for protection and conservation of environment across the globe.
The Chief Minister was addressing representatives of various Departments and Non Government Organisations (NGOs) working in the field of environment conservation after inaugurating the one-day Workshop-cum-Conference on ‘Green Building: Striding Towards Environment Protection and Clearance’ at Panchkula, near here today. This workshop was organised by State Environment Impact Assessment Authority, Haryana (SEIAA), Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HPSCB) and SEARCH Foundation.
The Chief Minister said that it was necessary to ensure protection of environment along with development. On the occasion of World Environment Day, all countries should think about environment protection. All countries across the globe should frame and work according to a uniform policy for protection and conservation of environment to ensure healthy environment for future generations, he added.
He said that Vultures, who act as natural cleaners of the environment, were an important boon of nature. In 2001, former Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, got prepared an action plan for protection of the fast-declining Vulture population in India and stressed on their protection and conservation. These birds contribute significantly to the ‘Swachhta’ campaign by keeping the environment clean, he added.
He urged the people to participate in the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ envisioned by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi and ‘Swachh Bharat, Swachh Haryana’ campaign being implemented in urban and rural areas of the State. He also urged them to use bags made from natural materials such as jute and cotton and to eschew the use of polythene.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister planted a sapling, launched a web portal for environmental clearances and released guidance manual for environment and social management in the State.
Member of Legislative Assembly, Panchkula, Mr. Gian Chand Gupta, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. M.K. Singh, Chairman, Expert Appraisal Committee, Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. Anil Razdan, Chairman, HSPCB and Principal Secretary, Environment, Mr. S.N. Roy, Director General, Environment, Mr. S.K. Goyal, Chairman, SEIAA, Mr. Bharat Bhushan, and Chairman, SEARCH Foundation, Dr. Dheeraj Kr. Singh also spoke on this occasion.