Governor adopts Fusre Champa trees as Mith & Mithini

Gangtok, 21 Jun:

Promoting yet another unique initiative of the State Government towards preservation of flora of the State, Governor Shriniwas Patil and the First Lady, Rajanidevi Patil, today adopted two trees of the species Michelia Linuginora [Fusre Champa] as Mith and Mithini at New Raj Bhavan garden in the presence of Divisional Forest Officer [Territorial], East, N Gautam, District Forect Officer, JS Lepcha, officers and staff of Raj Bhavan, a press communiqué received from Raj Bhavan informs.

It may be mentioned here, the age old tradition of forging brotherhood and sisterhood with tress was prevalent among the society in the hills. The State Government has lately revived this tradition in order to encourage people to adopt a tree as their Mith and Mithini so that it can be integrated as an important component towards protection and preservation of the rich natural diversity of the State.

The Governor expressed pleasure to be a part of such an initiative of the State which has the culture of living in harmony with nature since ages. He added that it will be yet another innovative programme besides the already popular “Ten Minutes to Earth” and “Paryavaran Mahotsav” towards preserving our rich biological diversity.

Mentioning about the rich Indian tradition of worshiping and revering trees, the Governor has urged every Sikkimese to participate and take this age old tradition forward.