MANGALDAI, July 7 � The State Forest Department or the district administration may have ignored the relevance of celebrating the �Vana Mahotsav week� here, but not Sarat Ch Sarma, an untiring octogenarian nature conservationist from Pithakhowa village near Hazarikapara who on Tuesday on his own initiative marked the beginning of the week-long 65th edition of �Vana Mahotsav�.
The octogenarian nature conservationist and a retired teacher of Gandhi Smriti HS School reportedly brought a few saplings of valuable plant species like sandal, agaru etc., which he planted around the Darrang Deputy Commissioner�s office campus here including at the Gandhi Smriti park within it.
Razvee Hussain, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Darrang, Hari Ch Sarma, Administrative Officer and other staff of the Deputy Commissioner�s office attended the programme. Meanwhile, Sarma, who considers plantation as his hobby since his child hood told this correspondent that he has executed plantation programmes in not less than 25 different locations across the North East including at the Rajbhawan, AIR, Guwahati campus, Shillong, Dhubri, Goalpara etc.
He appealed to all the elderly people of his age to inspire their grandchildren to make plantation a habit so that we can keep the earth cool for future with a green atmosphere all around.
He further informed that he has plans to undertake such a plantation drive as a part of celebrating �Van Mahotsav� in many other locations of the State including in the State capital. His relentless care for the nature has become a source of inspiration for all sections of people of the society.