CM announces ‘Blue Duke’ as State Butterfly of Sikkim on World Environment Day

Pakyong, 05 Jun [IPR]: The Department of Forest and Environment hosted the state-level World Environment Day celebrations today at Sarama Garden with Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang as Chief Guest.

The CM was accompanied by MP Lok Sabha Indra Hang Subba, Minister of Forest and Environment, Minister of Transport / Building and Housing Department, Minister of Power, Minister of Tourism, Deputy Speaker, MLA’s, Political Secretary to CM, Political Advisor, Chairperson, Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councilors, HoDs, SP Pakyong, officials from Forest Department, concerned government officials from various departments, police personnel, teachers, students and general public.

The theme of this year’s celebration of the World Environment was “Only One Earth.” The theme underscores the fact that out of all the solar system, only Earth Sustains life. Since human actions are causing irreversible damages to our environment, there is an urgent need to minimise or prevent future damages to our Earth.

The programme commenced with the ceremonial plantation by the Chief Minister followed by Forest Minister Karma Loday and other delegates.

The ACS cum PCCF, ML Shrivastava, delivered the welcome note with the importance of World Environment Day 2022.

He highlighted the degradation of our environment through pollution and the need to co-operate with each other towards a safe environment and sustainable development. The programme followed by a screening of a short video on Khangchendzonga National Park and Epic Himalayan Carbon Neutral Park. Khangchendzonga National Park is also inscribed by UNESCO as India's first World Heritage Site. It is first of its kind and a matter of honour for Sikkim and India.

The celebration included group songs by Tadong Senior Secondary School and Deorali Govt. Girls' Sr. Sec School.

During the programme, the Chief Minister declared "The Blue Duke" as the State Butterfly of Sikkim. The butterfly was unanimously voted by both the public and experts to represent the state butterfly of Sikkim.

Various awards were handed through the Chief Guest:

- Felicitation of Nosang M. Limboo for outstanding contribution and active role in promoting environment conservation through sustainable practices.

- Cash Prize awarded to Sonam Wangchuk Lepcha for new discovery of butterfly species "Chocolate- Bordered Flitter" (Zographetus Dzonguensis) in 2021.

- Felicitation of Green Rider (Cyclist) Tshering Gyatso Bhutia and Green Runner Phurba Tamang for champions of Epic Himalayan Carbon Neutral Campaign 2022.

Presentation of Chief Minister's Green Rolling Trophy and State Green School awards to the following eight schools:Govt.Jr High School Adampool, Gangtok District; Damber Singh Limboo Memorial Govt. Sr Sec School, Darap, Gyalshing District; Govt. Sec School Lingi Paiyong, Namchi District; Kalzang Gyatso Govt. Sr. Sec. School Kabi, Mangan District; Govt. Sr. Sec School, Bikmat, Namchi District; Carol Academy, Yangsum, Gyalshing District; Government Primary School, Chawang, Mangan District; Govt. Jr. High School, Lingtem, Upper Dzongu, Mangan District (Winner CM Green School Rolling Trophy).

Each school received a cash prize of Rs 1 Lakh and Rs 5 lakh for the CM Green Rolling Trophy.

Forest Minister Karma Loday Bhutia gave a brief history of Ipecac Garden which extends back to the time of Chogyals. He also gave a brief history about classification of Sikkim's flora by Chogyal Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal in his speech highlighting the importance of environment.

He also touched on the issue of man-animal conflict requesting the public to refrain from feeding animals and to keep the environment clean. Further, he added that the fruit-bearing trees would be planted in various places to avoid this issue.

He highlighted the work done by Forest department in various fronts such as Bird Park in West Sikkim, trekking site in Upper Rongrong, Thekong Tek Heritage site, Biking trail from Siri Badam to Hee- Patal in West Sikkim and completion of washroom in various sites near Tsomgo.

He added that all these places will further help in attracting tourists to Sikkim. He concluded his speech by thanking everyone for making World Environment Day successful.

The Chief Minister extended his warm greetings towards everyone on the occasion of World Environment Day. He mentioned how we are connected with the environment till the last breath of our life and that Environment is to be taken care of by every individual. He added that plantation should not be limited to this day only, rather the trend should be followed throughout the year. Plantation drive should be focused in needed areas too, and along with plantation we should also focus on conservation.

The CM recollected the lockdown period, where we could feel nature close by,heard the birds chirping,about how clean the nature was without the interference of humans.

He also emphasized on self-reliance and asserted that "actions speak louder than words".

Eventually, the Chief Minister congratulated everyone for making the programme successful and appreciated the work done by the Forest Department.

The programme concluded with the words of thanks by APCCF Pradeep Kumar.