Dehradun: 10 September, 2015
Himalaya Diwas was today celebrated in Uttarakhand with noted environmentalist Sundarlal Bahuguna administering an oath to children to conserve the Himalayas.
On this occasion, Chief Minister Harish Rawat also announced his decision to keep the Himalayas in the centre of state government's policies.
At a programme held at Gandhi Park here to mark the occasion, Bahuguna administered an oath to school students and others present to protect the Himalayas and flagged-off a "Save Himalaya" rally together with the Chief Minister.
Rawat and state Education Minister Mantri Prasad Naithani also took the oath besides taking part in the rally to save the Himalayas.
"Himalayan conservation was an idea confined to research institutions so far. It has now been given the form of a public campaign. We have taken a vow that the Himalayas will be central to our policies," Rawat said in his address here.
Highlighting state government's unique initiative to celebrate Harela festival in the form of a plantation drive to expand the green cover this year in which women took an active part, Rawat said the state government will soon empower Van Panchayats in a bid to help them play a more active role in Himalayan conservation.
"We have decided to conduct elections to Van Panchayats in which 60 per cent of women are likely to be elected. It will empower them further and ensure their deeper involvement in Himalayan conservation," he said.
Rawat also spoke of his plans to develop forests of suitable variety of fruits in high altitude areas.
Courtesy: News 18