Take development schemes protecting environment: PM
Published: 03:57 PM, 20 June 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said all development projects should be taken by preserving water bodies and sufficient greenery.
“Take development projects keeping in the mind about its consequences on environment,” she said, urging all to come out of the mindset of filling up canals and ponds for carrying out development activities.
The Premier said this while inaugurating the World Environment Day, National Tree Fair-2019, Environment Fair-2019 and Tree Plantation Campaign at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital.
She urged everybody to plant and nurture saplings in their respective workplaces and houses with a view to protecting the environment.
“I would like to request you all who are in our schools, colleges, offices and courts to plant some saplings in your respective workplaces and houses. Also, our children will have to be taught it (tree plantation). You’ll also have to nurture trees alongside plantation of saplings,” she said.
She also urged all to plant at least three saplings - a fruit-producing tree, a timber-producing and a herbal - contributing one.
Noting that creating green belts is very essential for the sake of the environment, Hasina said her government’s target is to bring 20 percent land of the country under forestation. The government also continues various activities to accomplish the target, she added.
Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Shahab Uddin, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Saber Hossain Chowdhury and environment secretary Abdullah Al Mohshin Chowdhury spoke, among others, on the occasion.
The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Air Pollution’ with the slogan- Beat Air Pollution.
At the function, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the National Environmental Award-2019 to three individuals and two organisations under two categories for their contributions to the environment.
Chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, noted Water and Climate Changes expert Prof Ainun Nishat and Scientific Adviser of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation Dr Mubarak Ahmad Khan received the environmental awards under the individual category.
Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI) and Envoy Textiles Limited received the environmental awards under the organisation category.
The Prime Minister also handed over Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation-2019 and Prime Minister’s National Award for Tree Plantation-2018 at the event.
Besides, she handed over cheques among the beneficiaries for the profit earned from social forestation.