GUWAHATI, June 8 � Aaranyak, an environment protection NGO, on Thursday last organized a special environmental orientation to police officers of Guwahati city on the occasion of World Environment Day in association with the Institution of Engineers (India) � Assam State Centre at the auditorium of the Institution of Engineers at Panbazar.
The programme was addressed by chief guest Khagen Sarmah, Director General of Assam Police.
Sarmah emphasized the role of police officials in curbing environmental crime. �Nature can never be a foe to itself; it is only men who do all the damages to nature. Love nature, nature will love you back,� he said.
Sarmah also released a book about the importance of wetland, published by Aaranyak.
Partha Sarathi Mahanta, SP, Security, dwelt on climate change and said that climate in Assam had changed vastly and emphasized on the need for plantation to make the State green which would also give shelter to diverse wildlife.
P Adhikary, chairman of the Institution of Engineers, Assam State Centre, presided over the meeting while Prof. Sachin Kakoti, general secretary of the institute delivered the welcome address. Over 100 police personnel participated in the orientation programme.
The Assam Human Rights Commission in collaboration with JB Law College, also observed the day at the college campus. Dr Justice Aftab H Saikia, Chairperson, AHRC, who was the chief guest, referred to Article 21 which ensures all the human rights, including a healthy environment.
�Respect and fear are missing from the civilized minds which has led to abandoning the need to conserve the environment. People have always blamed the Government for everything but forget that they have their duties too.
There is no dearth of legislation but what remains to be seen is how much they are being followed. It is the duty of the citizens to keep their environment clean,� he said.
Presiding over the function, Dr JN Sharma, Principal of JB Law College appealed to all to conserve natural resources and for which the need of the hour was to sensitize the people in schools, college, villages and everywhere possible.
Eco-Club and the students� body of Arya Vidyapeeth College, Guwahati, observed World Environment day in its campus by planting trees, and conducting a cleanliness drive, among other things, in the campus.
Glacier School, New Guwahati, in association with Lifeline, an NGO, celebrated the occasion by planting saplings in the neighbourhood besides holding an extempore speech and painting competition among school students.
The World Environment Day was celebrated by Dimoria College, Khetri, in the city outskirts in association with Pub-Dimoria High School, and Pub-Dimoria ME School, Topatoli at the campus of Pub-Dimoria High School. The NSS unit of Dimoria College, Dimoria College Students Union (DCSU), and Assam Science Society, Dimoria College branch also participated in the programme.