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Press Trust of India, PTI
Gangtok, May 30, 2003
Ahead of the World Environment Day on June 5, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Thursday stressed on the need for water conservation and appealed to the people of the state to take up various activities, including clean-up campaigns for drains and water bodies, to awaken the masses to the environmental needs.

"Besides clean-up campaigns for Jhoras (drains), Dharas (natural springs) and other water bodies, street rallies and shows on various environment-related issues can be organised with funds raised at the local level to create awareness among the masses," the Chief Minister said in a statement issued here today.

Calling upon all panchayats, schools, government agencies, NGOs and the youth to celebrate the Environment day in a befitting manner, he said the theme for this year's events to mark the occasion should be "Water - two billion people are dying for it".

"The theme calls on every one of us to preserve the most precious resource of life on earth, that is, water," he added.