AR observes World Earth Day by planting tree saplings

As part of the observance, Assam Rifles initiated tree plantation drive and planted 2,500 tree saplings under the banner of ‘Green Warriors’ of the battalion.


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The 44 Assam Rifles under the aegis of 22 Sector Assam Rifles IGAR (EAST) on Thursday observed World Earth Day in Tamenglong district.

As part of the observance, Assam Rifles initiated tree plantation drive and planted 2,500 tree saplings under the banner of ‘Green Warriors’ of the battalion.

The adjutant of 44 AR told Imphal Free Press that tree saplings were planted as a contribution to the ecosystem. Different local varieties of trees, herbs, shrubs and bamboo saplings were planted in almost all parts of the district, he added.

He also said that commandant of 44 AR on Thursday inaugurated the Self Help Sapling Nursery at Akhiu village to support ecological plantation initiative and ensure availability of saplings throughout the year. It also aims to nurture hundreds of herbs, shrubs and tree varieties which are suitable to grow in the hilly region. Apart from carrying out plantation drive, the event also witnessed a ‘green pledge taking ceremony’, he added.  

Speaking on the occasion, Col Pradeep Kumar expressed his concern over significant reduction in the size of forest cover in the hill district and delay in pre-monsoon this year. He said that Assam Rifles is committed to contribute towards improving the ecosystem of the region and is planning to create adequate plant banks in Tamei and Tousem sub-division of Tamenglong district. He further urged the locals to take up green initiatives at whatever level they can.

On the other hand, Noney Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of Headquarters 21 Sector Assam Rifles and Inspector General Assam Rifles (East) celebrated World Earth Day on Thursday at Tupul village of Noney district.

The programme was organised to provide an insight about the importance of World Earth Day and how the Mother Earth provides all essential resources like water, air, soil and vegetation.

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First Published:April 22, 2021, 10:54 p.m.

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