Balance vital between environment and development

CM concludes climate change action plan workshop

cmenv8.9.11Bhopal, September 8, 2011 (Abdul Ahad Farhan):  Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that there should be balance between environment and development. Nature should not be exploited but tapped. Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan was concluding a workshop held in connection with Action Plan for Climate Change in Madhya Pradesh here today. Commerce, Industries and Information Technology Minister Mr. Kailash Vijayvargiya, Water Resources Minister Mr. Jayant Malaiya and Forest Minister Mr. Sartaj Singh were also present on the occasion. Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan said that the world has started showing concern about climate change and global warming now, while in our country teachings were given thousands of years ago not to exploit nature.

In Indian culture and philosophy, people were asked to worship nature and have goodwill towards it. Nature has been ruined in the blindfolded race of materialism and its ill consequences are before us now. In our country, trees, plants, rivers and mountains have been worshipped since they are vital for human existence. He said that initiative has been taken in the state for environmental conservation through programmes like Jalabhishek Mahotsav and Hariyali Mahotsav. Action will be taken seriously on the suggestions made at the workshop.

The workshop was organised by Madhya Pradesh Council for Science and Technology and Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation with the cooperation of non-government organisations Sikoidikan, Vigyan Bharti, ASHA and Beyond Copenhagen. At the outset, Principal Secretary Science and Technology Mr. Alok Shrivastava delivered the welcome address and Mr. Ajay Jha threw light on the objectives of the workshop. Mrs. Asha Vijayvargiya, Mr. Sharad Joshi and specialist of Tata Social Science Institute Mr. Jayaraman were also present on the occasion.