Thiruvananthapuram

Memories of a greener past

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM,KERALA:: 05/02/2018:: Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan inaugurating the display of paintings of Agriculture (Annam Brahmma) infront of the Agriculure Minister's office in presence of  Minister P.Sunilkumar, Education Minister C. Raveendranath . M.K.Muneer MLA, and Poet Sugathakumari in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday...................... Photo: S. Gopakumar

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM,KERALA:: 05/02/2018:: Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan inaugurating the display of paintings of Agriculture (Annam Brahmma) infront of the Agriculure Minister's office in presence of Minister P.Sunilkumar, Education Minister C. Raveendranath . M.K.Muneer MLA, and Poet Sugathakumari in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday...................... Photo: S. Gopakumar

The walls of Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar’s office complex have become windows to a world fast fading away from the frames of time.

Scenes from our agrarian past like farm workers tilling a paddy field, bitter gourds being harvested, a rubber tapper engaged in his routine of collecting latex, and a group of children savouring a jackfruit, are now splashed across the walls in prints done up in oil medium.

There are 10 such pieces on the walls of the office complex, in the first floor of the Secretariat Annexe, prepared by artist K.G. Babu, representing various aspects of agriculture.

According to Mr. Kumar, it was for the first time that a mini-gallery-of-sorts has been established at the Secretariat. He also appreciated the efforts of the Secretariat employees in nurturing plants that were being grown in over 1000 grow-bags on the building’s terrace.

Formally unveiling the paintings, Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan lauded the steps being undertaken by the Agriculture Department in reviving the State’s glorious agricultural tradition. Large sections of the public have evoked interest in actively participating in such efforts.

He added that the Legislative Assembly aimed at leading the way in promoting a ‘green way of life’ by maintaining total green protocol on the premises. Poet Sugathakumari, who felicitated the artist, said the ongoing efforts of the government in reviving farming in several barren plot of lands across the State instilled confidence among many who were striving to conserve nature.

“It gave me immense pride and satisfaction when Agriculture Minister brought me a bushel of rice that was harvested from paddy fields earmarked for the Aranmula airport project. Such steps honour our years-long efforts to preserve our environment,” she said.

The gardeners of the Secretariat premises were honoured on the occasion. Education Minister C. Ravindranath, Deputy Leader of Opposition M.K. Muneer, James Mathew, K. Rajan, MLAs, Chief Secretary Paul Antony and Principal Secretary (Agriculture) and Agricultural Production Commissioner Teeka Ram Meena, were also present on the occasion.


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