Bhopal, July 29: Madhya Pradesh is known not only within the country but also globally for its forests, tigers and biodiversity, Chief Minister Kamal Nath averred on Monday and mentioned that the credit for saving the nation’s jungles and big cats goes to the then Premier Indira Gandhi. “Despite opposition, she had the Forest (Conservation) Act was passed in the Lok Sabha in 1980, which was then described as anti-development.
That legislation conserved and strengthened ecodiversity,” he was officially quoted as saying while addressing the International Tiger Day function at the state capital’s Minto Hall.India is the richest in terms of biodiversity; Mr Nath emphasised and added that several other decisions have been taken, including for tiger conservation.“Owing to this, our country tops in the population of that carnivore which is at the heart of our ecosystem.
This is the sole creature that played a significant role in maintaining environmental balance. As central Forest minister I extended special assistance to Madhya Pradesh. Consequently, Pench, Sanjay and Bandhavgarh were developed in the form of national parks. Societal participation is imperative in preservation. We all have to come forward unitedly to protect this wealth.
I felicitate all those engaged in safeguarding flora and fauna. Honour bestowed on us is the result of the crucial role played by Forest employees,” the Chief Minister observed.He congratulated 32,000 children for creating artworks on the tiger. (UNI)