Social Forestry Department celebrated Vadodara District Level 73rd Forest Festival at Dada Bhagwan Mandir, Kelanpur in presence of Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Pradip Parmar.
Large number of people and beneficiaries remain present at the event mark the celebration of Van Mahotsav and listen to the CM Bhupendra Patel live in state level programme from Surendranagar. School and college students also present and learn the importance of trees in our lives and show their readiness to plant more trees and save the environment.
Beneficiaries from various group nurseries and Social Forestry Department officials were felicitated by the minister and dignitaries for their efforts to raise saplings and contribute towards green Gujarat. Minister Pradip Parmar also interacted with them and appreciate their efforts. He later plant saplings at the venue along with other officials and motivate everyone to join and plant more trees.
Pradip Parmar said, tree plantation is an auspicious work as trees are life and everyone shall plant and raise them every year. During Corona time we learnt the importance of Oxygen and we know trees are its primary source. Moreover scarcity of trees lead to untimely natural changes which leads to calamities. I feel plantation of trees and protect them are the only solution to stop such weather changes. When Gujarat is turning into a green state and become model for other states, we all plant trees in maximum and contribute towards healthy living and fresh life. He also appreciate the efforts of then Chief Minister and present Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take the Van Mahotsav to every district with an aim to aware people about the importance of trees, increase the plantation and make Gujarat a green state. He requests everyone to join and plant maximum trees.
Saplings along with related books were also distributed to people outside the venue. On this occasion, District Panchayat President Ashokbhai Patel, BJP district president Ashwin Patel, Additional Chief Forest Conservator Dr. Jaipal Singh, Collector A. B. Gor and Deputy Conservator of Forest Raviraj Singh Rathore present along with other dignitaries.