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AIZAWL, June 12, 2018: Green Mizoram Day was observed in Mizoram and all other district headquarters across the state on Monday.
Led by chief minister Lal Thanhawla, the day was celebrated on the bank of the Chite near a bridge between Ramthar and Thuampui localities where ceremonial planting of trees took place.
Lal Thanhawla, who also holds the forest portfolio, said the planting of saplings had started in 1998 under the banner Green Aizawl. The programme was rechristened as Green Mizoram in 1999.
He said 37 lakh saplings had been planted since the first Green Mizoram Day in 1999.
The chief minister emphasised the importance of looking after the saplings and conservation of existing forests. He lauded the monitoring committee for its initiative to protect the saplings.
He added that Mizoram has one of the most diverse and rich biodiversities in the country and urged the people to value it.
Citing the need for fire prevention, Lal Thanhawla urged the officials and the people of Mizoram to be more careful during the jhum season of slashing and burning.
He handed over the Fire Prevention Award to Lunglei district, which was adjudged the best performing district in fire prevention, Mamit District for bagging second and Serchhip for bagging the third position. Hlimen in Aizawl district was termed the best village in fire prevention, followed by Rulchawm and Sawleng villages.
The day was also observed in other district headquarters and at Raj Bhavan under the aegis of the state's environment, forest and climate change department.
Addressing a function at Raj Bhavan here, governor Kummanam Rajasekharan took pride in Mizoram's achievement as the state with the largest forest cover and said it must be sustained for other states to emulate.
TNT with inputs from The Telegraph
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