“World Environment Day (WED)’2016” at PCCF Office Complex

On the occasion of the “World Environment Day (WED)’2016” a brainstorming session was held under the chairmanship of Shri. GN Sinha,IFS ., PCCF & Principal Secretary ( Environemnt & Forests) in the Conference Hall, PCCF office on 5th June. The theme for this year’s WED celebration as decided by the United Nations is “GO WILD FOR LIFE- Zero tolerance to Illegal Wild life trade”. The Session was attended by many senior officers and field officials of the department stationed in Itanagar.

In his opening remarks Shri Sinha gave an account of the historical perspective on evolution of Forest, Wildlife, Environmental laws and judicial activism and outlined the contributions made by Smt. Indira Gandhi, the late Prime Minister of India for enactment of the Wild life (Protection) Act, 1972 and Environment (Protection ) Act,1986. The session deliberated on many issues ranging from provisions enshrined in the Indian Constitution for protection of Environment, Forest & Wild life ; provisions to be invoked for booking wildlife offence cases, regulation of arms licenses in and around the Protected Areas; establishing a quick response teams for the rescue of snakes and wild animals one each in Itanagar and Naharlagun.

The House also deliberated on other issues for protecting Environment, Forests & Wild life and emphasized the need for action on disposal of the Municipal Solid Wastes, Biomedical Wastes etc., and Shri. Sinha stated that Chief Secretary has already given directions to the Urban Department to launch drive for disposal of MSW. Shri. C.D. Singh, CCF talked about the experiment launched by the Vellore Municipal Corporation in disposal of MSW and how it turned out to be a financially surplus venture and stated that the same can also be replicated in the state.

The house resolved to celebrate the Earth day, World Forestry Day, Biodiversity Day, Ozone Layer Protection Day etc., by launching mass awareness programmes by involving various sections of the society. Mrs. Koj Rinya, DCF, Wildlife stressed the need for establishment of tribunals for wildlife offences in the lines of National Green Tribunal for quick and effective disposal of cases. The department also decided to have many outreach programmes and activities for eliciting the support of the local communities and traditional rights holders in ensuring that there is no illicit trade of the wild life. Various measures for deterrence of wildlife crimes have also been discussed.
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