Dr. Shejwar inaugurates wildlife conservation week

1010 children participate in painting competition

Bhopal, October 2, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan):  Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar inaugurated Wildlife Conservation Week at Van Vihar here today. Forest Minister Dr. Shejwar, Principal Secretary Forests Mr. Deepak Khandekar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Mr. Ravi Shrivastava and other senior officers inaugurated the week by drawing paintings of wild animals. As many as 1010 students from 40 schools of Bhopal drew paintings on wildlife and nature. The Minister lauded paintings by deaf and dumb students. These children were visibly happy to find the Minister among them and expressed their sentiments through sign language for quite some time. Students of first group upto class IV drew paintings on “My Favourite Wild Animal”, group 2 from class V to VIII on “Madhya Pradesh’s State Bird Doodhraj in its Natural Habitat”, students of third group from class IX to XII drew paintings on “State Animal Reindeer in its Natural Habitat” and people in the open group drew paintings on “Our Wildlife”.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, NVDA Mr. Suhas Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Forest Development Corporation Mr. Ratan Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Joint Forest Management Mr. Jitendra Agrawal, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, CAMPA Mr. Dharmendra Shukla, Additional Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Mr. Shahbaz Ahmed and Mr. R.P. Singh, Director, Van Vihar Mr. A.K. Jain and large number of teachers and students were present on the occasion.

The Minister also inspected the exhibition comprising photographs of Vulture Conservation Centre, Bhopal, snake world and eco-tourism. On the second day of the week in Van Vihar, bird watching camp will be held from 6.30 to 8.30 am, snake and snake photographs exhibition at 10 am and school level debate competition on “Display of Snakes Justified on Nag Panchami” from 11 am to 2 pm.