As the forest conservation remains a big concern, people and their representatives want society-friendly forest laws so that common man can be linked with the activities of forest conservation.
Shimla Lok Sabha member Virender Kashyap said forest is major asset and should be conserved but it was not the duty of government alone as society should also contribute in it. "People will be more interested to assist the government in forest conservation when the forest laws are people-friendly and do not halt the traffic of developmental activities in hilly region,"said Kashyap, while participating in a three-day training on 'Eco-restoration of wastelands' organised by the Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla.
Further, Kashyap emphasised that lab research should reach upto the common masses so that they can get the benefits of scientific expertise. He called upon the participants to realise the responsibility of protection and conservation of the environment which is a global issue nowa days. During the training programme, different stakeholders shared their views and exhorted the common people for their participation in eco-restoration of wastelands.
Institute director VP Tiwari apprised the participants that the Himalayan Forest Research Institute, besides carrying out the research activities, imparted training to the overall benefit of the stakeholders from time to time.
Meanwhile, course director RK Verma presented the breakup of the training- cum- demonstration programme and said that during this programme, the participants would also be taken to show the plantation activities done by the institute on the mined out area.
MP arrives late
Even as around 50 participants were waiting to start the training for eco-restoration of wasteland, chief guest Virender Kashyap, who is the Shimla MP, arrived late. The programme was about to start at 10 in the morning but Kashyap, who had arrived on the campus at 9:45, spent much time in the director's office and reached the hall at 11am.