JAMMU, Apr 3: Interaction Forum Jammu Province (IFJP) today demanded the Government to frame a comprehensive environment policy for Jammu region.
The issue was raised and deliberated in detail during a seminar organized by IFJP in collaboration with Indian Council for Enviro-Legal Action (ICELA), here today. The topic of the seminar was “State of Environment in Jammu Region”.
Rajeshwar Singh Jasrotia, CCF (Retd), presided over the function whereas Tasadaq Hussain (a social activist and former MLC was the chief guest on the occasion. Arun Sharma, former Commissioner, was guest of honour. Hari Singh, former District and Sessions Judge and provincial president, IFJP, BS Jamwal (former Deputy Commissioner and Chairman IFJP) and Capt Lalit Sharma, former APCCF and secretary general, IFJP, co-shared the dais.
At the outset, Capt Lalit Sharma gave synapses of state of environment in Jammu province. Thereafter, about 24 speakers addressed the seminar.
Zahid Sarfraz Malik, Advocate, said that good governance and visionary political approach is must for a clean and healthy environment while Bhagwan Singh said that damage to environment starts from a polluted and vicious thought. Col BD Sharma emphasized upon the character building of new generation including environment as subject in the curriculum.
Bodh Raj Bandral, district president, IFJP from Ramban, expressed concern over drying up of springs and bowlies in Ramban area due to depleting forest cover and tumeling. Baldev Singh, former Naval Officer, differentiated between needs and stressed upon judicious use of resources.
Jahangir Mir, former Deputy Chairman, J&K Legislative Council, in his address quoted Gandhi ji as a great environmentalist and stated that all religions lay emphasis upon preservation of forests, water, soil and air.
Ashok Sharma, Advocate and former legislator called for sustainable development, all tourism activities under Eco-Tourism and for taking extensive water conservator measures. He gave slogans as “Save Forests-Save Water” and “Save Air-Save Soil”.
The seminar ended with vote of thanks by HS Balouria, provincial coordinator, IFJP.