Environment taking back seat: Reddy

Environment taking back seat: Reddy

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Monday said environment was taking a back seat for development. Forest and environment protection is not the onus of the state government but of every individual, he said.

He was speaking at the distribution of B Marappa Memorial Trust Awards to forest staff for their services to the department and society. Reddy said that while obtaining building plan sanction, people are told to plant two trees and protect the ones standing in their land. But unfortunately, people cut off the trees standing in front of their houses too.

He also pointed out that earlier crackers were being burst only during Diwali festival. But now, people burst crackers at public, government and private functions. This should stop as it leading to increase in environmental pollution.

Forest, Environment and Ecology Minister B Ramanath Rai said people do not respect forest officials and the forests. "The department observes Martyrs Day every year to honour deceased forest staffers. Now, talks are being held to honour the staffers on the lines of the police department," he said.

He pointed to the need of honouring staff who complete just five years in the department. This is because they work in tough conditions and due to pressure, many quit. But now, there is a need to encourage them and recognise their services.

On Monday, 13 forest staffers were honoured for their service to the department.

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