21st February, 2020
Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that the government will work with full speed after the upcoming budget session in the direction of benefits and employment to the people through value addition of forest protection and forest produce. The people of Jharkhand and forests have a close relationship. It is our government's priority to connect people from all classes, including tribals from remote rural and forest-covered areas with forest-based industries.
The Chief Minister said that the government is also moving ahead with collective leasing. The Chief Minister said these things while addressing a workshop related to the effective implementation of the Forest Rights Act-2006 for livelihood enhancement and sustainable development held at Dr. Ramdayal Munda Tribal Welfare Research Institute, Ranchi on Friday.
The natural system is an important link for humans
Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that a large part of the state of Jharkhand is covered with forests. A large number of people here are connected with water, forest, and land. He said that there has been a discussion on how to become a source of income by adding value to the product in the forests for centuries. But I believe that this discussion is happening very late. Our eyes open when problems arise. There should have already been work on forest protection and forest produce.
The Chief Minister said that today many institutions-NGOs are discussing the activities of the forest not only in our country but also abroad. Presently, global warming is emerging as a big problem and challenge for the whole world. The Chief Minister said that the natural system is an important link for humans. In the materialistic era, it is necessary to pay attention to its negative effects before manipulating nature.
The Chief Minister said that now people in big cities of the country are being deprived of a clean environment. This is the reason that whenever people get a little time, people turn to natural beauty including the whole family. People also spend millions on natural beauty. The Chief Minister said that there are many states in our country that have only natural beauty and those states are among the leading states of the country today.
Giving the example of states like Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, etc., the Chief Minister said that these states have only natural beauty, but in our state Jharkhand, there is the availability of natural beauty as well as mineral wealth. For years people have been living here through these edits.
Sometimes forests have been damaged due to changes in the law
The Chief Minister said that sometimes there is the loss of forests due to changes in the law. There was also a time when police action was taken against people for selling bamboo curry, mahua, amla, etc. as a forest product. But things got smoothed by amendments to such laws.
The line of development cannot be drawn by the following nature
The Chief Minister said that there is a need to understand the connection between nature and human beings in the present scenario. The streak of development cannot be drawn by keeping nature on its heels. The gap between the natural system and development can only be bridged further. Referring to the Government of Orissa in his address, the Chief Minister said that taking a positive decision, the Orissa Government has issued an order that the plates will now be used in the food and snacks served in any program of the Government. He said that this is a very good initiative. Such decisions will have a positive impact on business, employment and the environment.
The Chief Minister expressed his best wishes and congratulations to Dr. Ramdayal Munda Tribal Welfare Research Institute for organizing such a workshop. The Chief Minister said that in the coming time this institute will play an important role in the development of the state. The Chief Minister expressed confidence that whatever will emerge in this two-day workshop will be helpful in the development of the state.
The Chief Minister said that good things should always be imbibed. The Chief Minister said that the painting exhibition was organized by TRI in Netarhat in the state several days ago. It was a good initiative. Further, the state government will make every effort to take things like painting forward. The Chief Minister said that there should be discussion and research on what kind of model should be prepared for conservation and promotion of forests in such workshops. On the occasion, the Chief Minister also visited Dr. Ramdayal Munda Tribal Welfare Research Institute, Tribal Museum, Ranchi and the entire campus.
On this occasion, Himani Pandey, Secretary, Department of Scheduled Tribes, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare, Dr. Ramdayal Munda, Director of Tribal Welfare Research Institute, Ranchi, Ranveer Kumar, Professor Ashwini Chhetri of ISB Hyderabad, along with other representatives of Forest Department and Welfare Department Researchers and other dignitaries from various states were present.
Category: India: Jharkhand