Tribute were paid to Forest Department personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty at the Aranya Bhavan here on Wednesday, which is observed as National Forest Martyrs’ Day by the department.
Principal District and Sessions Judge Mohan Sripad Sankolli who was chief guest recalled the sacrifices made by department staff in safeguarding the natural wealth and said it was one’s duty to remember them daily and not restrict it to occasions like Martyrs’ Day. He said children should be made aware of the importance of protecting environment, forests and wildlife. Touching upon the man-animal conflict in recent years, Mr. Sankolli said development should be in harmony with nature.
Forest Martyrs’ Day is usually observed on November 10 every year to mark the death anniversary of Deputy Conservator of Forests Srinivas, who was beheaded by Veerappan in 1991.
However, the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued a circular in July this year stating that “in recognition of the exemplary valour and sacrifices made by forest personnel, September 11 will be observed as National Forest Martyrs’ Day.”