GOVERNOR DR Balram Jakhar has said that life sans wildlife will be dull, as it adds to the joie de vivre. The humanity, he said, will therefore ill-afford to ignore conservation of wildlife. “We have to ensure due space to wildlife on the planet earth. Destruction of wildlife will spell doom for humanity itself,” warned Jakhar.
The Governor was administering the oath of wildlife protection to the children and other participants at the concluding function of the wildlife conservation week at Van Vihar on Saturday.
The Governor lamented the ever-growing selfishness and greed in society. Animals are far more selfless than the human beings, he added.
He advised the forest officials to take the students to Kanha and Bandhavgarh national parks for firsthand experience of the wildlife.
Principal Secretary (Forests) Avani Vaish informed that Kanha Tiger Reserve has been rated the best in an appraisal conducted by the Central Government. Besides, of the top ten tiger reserves of the country five are in Madhya Pradesh.
He complimented the forest personnel for this creditable achievement. He suggested that annual awards might be instituted for forest personnel doing outstanding work towards wildlife conservation.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) P B Gangopadhyaya gave an account of the activities carried out during Wildlife Conservation Week.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) informed that Mohammad Hashim said that Madhya Pradesh has 12 per cent of country’s total forest area.
Dr Balram Jakhar presented prizes to the winners of debate, essay, painting, quiz and photography competitions organised during the week.
The winners included Rama Sheshu, Roop Jyoti, Manisha Sharma, Dr Anand Vardhan Sharma, Dr Shriji Seth, Lata Sinha, Akanksha Saxena, Chaitanya Chouhan, Darshika Taran, Utkarsh Chaturvedi, Swapna V S, Sugandha Singh, Nilima Karat, Divi Jain, Tripti Agrawal, Saumya Johari, Anmol Bairaga, Awadhi Patni, Sakshi Rajput, Tanvi Sara, Bhawna Kushwah, Amit Nayak,
Ashok Patel, Shailendra Lokhande, Naurin Parvez, Suyash Mishra, Aman Tripathi, Kushagra Kushwah, Saumya Jain, Ruchika Saxena, Atul Tiwari, Megha Nema, Nitin Singh, Akash Savant, Amir Ali, Suman Kaslival, Manoj Wankhedi, Verginia Tilak, Leena Martin, Varun Singh, Kiran Varir, Raj Dwivedi,Anand Pajare, Surabhi Shrivastava, Pranita Khandelwal,Sumanth Aiyar, Prerna Vijay,Nandini Tiwari, Greeshma Vishvanath, Shan and Anam Hasan.
Three participants were selected by a lucky draw and would be taken to Pench National Park free of cost by train.