Himachal Pradesh governor and Sanskrit scholar Acharya Dev Vrat on Tuesday asked universities to shed the colonial dress code at convocation ceremonies.“We are free and independent. Many freedom fighters have laid their life for freeing the nation from the British rule and, we will have to give up the tendency of following the colonial mindset. We should not follow the colonial style but instead follow the rich traditions of our country,” the governor told reporters at Raj Bhawan on the sidelines of a memorandum submitted by the Bharatiya Janata Party over selection of Dharamsala for the Smart City project.
“I have learnt drug abuse among schoolchildren and the youth is on the rise in Himachal Pradesh. At such a time, it is the need of the hour that the government come up with stringent laws and policies to check this menace,” Dev Vrat said, while also emphasising upon environment protection.
“Himachal is a famous tourist destination. We want that the number of visitors should grow and for that we all will have to keep the environment clean,” he added.
The governor also stressed upon promoting organic farming in the state, besides rearing more cattle.
“Use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides in on the rise, which is detrimental for one’s health. So, it is important to give impetus to organic farming in the state,” he said, adding that camps would be organised in various places across the state where experts would inform farmers about organic farming.
“I have already had consultations with people from the agrarian community, and they are ready to join the campaign to promote organic farming,” he added.
Dev Vrat said he would visit all districts to keep his agenda before the people and, would consult officials also. “I will seek cooperation of the people on organic farming, drug menace and environment protection,” he added.