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Uttarakhand govt declares Sept 9 as Himalaya Diwas


Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday officially declared September 9 as ‘Himalaya Diwas’ – a day which would be celebrated across the State to spread the message of conservation of the Himalayan ecosystems.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress leaders participated in the celebrations here on Tuesday.

Accepting a proposal by senior BJP leader and Leader of the Opposition Ajay Bhatt, Chief Minister Harish Rawat officially declared that from 2015, the day would be celebrated by the State government as well.

Environmentalist Anil Prakash Joshi said: “This was the fifth year of the ‘Himalaya Diwas’ celebrations. We felt that the political parties also needed to understand the need to address livelihood issues in the Himalayan region and work towards conservation of the region.” It was for that reason, Dr Joshi said, leaders of political parties were invited to the celebrations on Tuesday.

Rallies were organised to mark the occasion in various places across the State.

Speaking at a seminar at the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India, Ravi Chopra, Director of the Dehradun-based People’s Science Institute, said there was need to address environmental and social problems in the Himalayas region.

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Printable version | Mar 17, 2018 5:26:20 PM |