GUWAHATI, Dec 13 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in a meeting with officials of the Environment and Forest Department at his official residence today reviewed its works and achievements and asked the department to continue its good work to contribute to the enhancement of green coverage in the State.
The Chief Minister said that because of the unrelenting endeavour of the Government and the adequate support rendered by the department, the forest cover in Assam had increased substantially. He asked the department to carry forward the plantation drive in full throttle and script a phenomenal success in meeting the State Government's agenda of making Assam pollution free, an official release said.
Sonowal also asked the Forest Department to set up a �Swahid Upobon� and plant saplings in the memory of all the martyrs of the Assam Agitation and nurture them for their upbringing.
Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya who was also present at the meeting presented the certificate of Conservation Excellence Award, which was accorded to Manas Tiger Reserve by the Global Tiger Forum, to the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister congratulated the department for the achievements in tiger conservation.
Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Paban Kumar Borthakur, Principal Secretary to Environment and Forests Avinash Joshi, Chief Conservator of Forests AM Singh, Additional PCCF MK Yadav and other senior officers of the Government were present at the meeting.