Govt nod to stop mining activities: Asisara

Drive to plant 1 crore saplings in the state will be held by Aug end

 Addressing a news conference at Deputy Commissioner’s office in Madikeri on Thursday, he said that Government has been urged to regularise some small scale mining which has been going on in Western Ghat region illegally and prevent leakage of resource to the Government.

Further, he informed that Government has set aside a sum of Rs 2 crore for conservation of ‘Devarakadu’ in the State. Asisara said that Bio Diversity Committees have been formed in all Gram Panchayats to take up documentation of the bio diversity in their own respective GPs. But unfortunately, the listing and documentation is not happening for various reasons.

Further more, Aranya Samitis set up at GP levels too have become kaput. There are over 4,000 Aranya Samitis in the State and the Task Force has recommended the revival of the samitis.


Asisara informed that about 1 crore saplings developed by various departments will be planted through people-NSS, NCC, Eco Clubs, Temple Committees, SHGs etc, accross the State by August end. 

He opined that the forest area in the State has depleted drastically due to changing paradigms and aspirations of people.

Hence, Vriksharopana will help in creating awareness on the need for greenery, among the people.

He said that apart from planting saplings, discussion, training and exhibitions will be held on water conservation, watershed development, conservation of agricultural crop varieties, management of Devarakadu. alternative fuel etc at Schools and Colleges.

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