Need to make Vanmahotsav a movement, says Aldona MLA



Need to make Vanmahotsav a movement, says Aldona MLA


Panaji: Environment conservation is essential and initiatives such as Vanmahotsav need to be made a movement so that people recognise these efforts in our daily lives, said Aldona MLA Adv Carlos Alvares Ferreira.

He was speaking at the tree plantation programme organised by the NSS unit of St Thomas Higher Secondary School, Aldona at the school premises on Saturday.

Stressing on the importance of planting trees, Ferreira said, “Just like when you plant a good seed, it will grow into a healthy tree, similarly, if you groom and nurture a child properly, that child will grow up well. Treat trees with respect just as you would treat a human being.”

Ferreira said that the tree plantation initiative was first undertaken at the national level in 1947 and formally began as Vanmahotsav in 1950. “It is a good drive to promote the environment and increase greenery. Trees protect us, give us greenery, provide shade from sun, and also bear fruit. I welcome this initiative by the government to keep it going. If we keep our Goa green and India beautiful, it will be a paradise on earth,” he said.

School principal Angelica Fernandes said that, “We are proud to be associated with the Government of Goa for preserving the ecology of our land. I urge students to take this forward, and work towards preservation and conservation of our forest lands.”

NSS programme officer and coordinator for the school, Amarnath Panjikar thanked the Forest Department for taking the initiative to create awareness programmes in schools.

“It is our bounden duty to protect the flora and fauna. We must do this for our future generations. Let us all strive to work in this direction,” he said.

School manager Fr George Robert and deputy forest ranger Atmaram Gauns were also present.


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