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Shyamkumar inaugurates Ringui community reserve land at Ukhrul

UKHRUL | Sept 13 : Forest and environment minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar today inaugurated Ringui community reserve land at Ringui village at Ukhrul district, located around 60 km from Imphal.

The function was organised by Ringui Horei and Ringui Village Authority.

In his speech as the chief guest of the function, Shyamkumar said that God created different kinds of beautiful places and environment which are being continuously exploited by the humans. Stating that the forest department is committed to save the environment at different locations of the state, he said the department respects and appreciates the Ringui villagers who have donated 600 hectares land for conserving the forest.

He said that if the people at hills destroy the environment than the forests, lakes and rivers will not survived and that is why people at hills and valley should work to conserve the environment.

“We should remove the concept of harming or killing the birds and animals as the onus of conserving the forest and wildlife lies on us. That is why the department is visiting nooks and corners of the state to create awareness on environmental conservation and combat the climate change which is the biggest threat faced by the world today,” said Shyamkumar.

The forest minister assured that after consulting with the officials and experts of his departments immediate steps will be taken for the villagers. He also appreciated the villagers for making the Ringui village as a plastic free village. He appealed to the villagers of Ringui to approach the neighbouring villagers to donate land to conserve forest.

Principal chief conservator of forestsand head of forest force, forest department, government of Manipur, Kereilhouvi Angami said that the department led by the dynamic leader have achieved a lot of things which were never achieved before in the state. He said that the minister is concerned for the welfare of the people but despite constraints the forest department under his leadership will support initiatives of the Ringui villagers to protect, preserve and conserve the forest.

Stating that the department is lucky to get a chance to preserve God's creation, he said that the greed of the humans have led to exploitation of the environment. Lauding the initiatives of the Ringui villagers, he expressed his hope that the initiative of the villagers will be successful. He also appreciated the villagers for their planto expand the area for forest conservation.

Convener of Ringui Horei, AC. Tamyo said that the Ringui village has relevance with the history of the state which was once abundant with teak trees and it was a home to the migratory hornbills. He said that to revive the history, the villagers have resolved to protect, preserve and revive the forest of Ringui.

He said the Ringui Horei (committee) has been working on soil, forest and water management since 2016. As an initiative the villagers have declared the Ringui village as a plastic free place earlier this year and instituted an official dumping site, which is the first and the only dumping site located in the Ukhrul district. Stating that the Ringui Horei has been taking up various cleanliness programmes apart from tree plantation drive, he said that 7,000 saplings were planted this year and is still continuing.

Stating that the forest of the area is one of the major contributors of the Thoubal river, he opined that reviving the forest will make the forest and the neighbouring villagers an asset of the state. He said that Ringui community reserve land is located within 7 kms and the Ringui Horei is planning to expand the area to 15 km by 2025. He sought support from the state government in implementing various schemes in reviving the forest.

Seeking assistance from the concerned department to help the villagers in introducing organic farming, he informed that the village contributes in supplying at least 50 percent of the cabbage in Imphal apart from supplying other vegetables. He opined that if organic vegetables are grown in the area it will benefit the people of the state and help the villagers in making themselves self-reliant.

As part of the function, a CD containing a song on Ringui village was released and a documentary was also screened, apart from felicitating the land donors of the Ringui community reserve land. The dignitaries also planted trees at the event.

The function was also attended by officials of the forest department, horticulture and soil conservation department and villagers of Ringui village.


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