The president of Pradesh Congress Committee ( PCC) Pritam Singh has said that Uttarakhand contributes in a major way for environmental conservation and many prominent personalities here have played a key role in protecting and preserving environment. In a statement, the PCC president said that environment of the world is changing rapidly and its effect is felt on Himalayan glaciers also. He said that 67 percent of geographical area of Uttarakhand is covered with forests and many rivers apart from Ganga originate from the state. Singh opined that people from all parts of the world should come forward for protecting Himalayas and environment. He said that a separate policy for all the Himalayan states should be prepared as any loss to the Himalayas is loss to the world.
Cong leader to campaign for forest rights
Former President of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Kishore Upadhyay would undertake a tour of state for providing forest rights to the forest dwellers. He said that the tour would commence from Har Ki Paidi. Upadhyay said the Congress President Rahul Gandhi has expressed hope that he ( Upadhyay) would fight for the right of forest dwellers and the Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee in its first meeting had passed a resolution for this purpose. He said that the main objective of the campaign is to generate awareness among the women, youth, students and ex servicemen about their rights.
The activists believe that since forests cover two third of geographical area of Uttarakhand, the state should be declared as a “Forest state’ and its residents should be referred as forest dwellers. They want that the provisions of the Forest Rights Act of 2002 should be implemented in the state without delay.
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