The Northeast Green Summit 2016, organised by the Vibgyor Media Solutions on November 5, 2016, on – amongst other things – the Northeast based model for building a clean, green India was a grand success. The programme was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court in a befitting manner at Hotel Polo Orchid, Tura, Meghalaya. The Hon’ble Chief Justice interacted with all stakeholders coming from different States of Northeast and he also advised to work towards a clean and green Northeast. The Guest of Honour of the day, Jadav Payeng, a pioneering green crusader from the Majuli Island of Assam, interacted with the participants.
It was an honour to be part of the technical session and the theme of the session was ‘Swachh Bharat: North East India’s community based model for building a green India’. I deliberated on environmental laws particularly, Environmental Protection Act, 1986 with rule made therein viz. solid waste management rules, hazardous rules, Air Act, Water Act, more so on Biological Diversity Act, 2002 which need to be implemented for benefit of mankind at the ground level with all stake holders.
The technical session was held at Don Bosco College Auditorium, Tura. I also appreciated the dwellers of Tura Town who were cleaning their surroundings in the early morning. I emphasized that local selfhelp groups may also be involved in cleaning of the areas and by planting suitable local species for green surrounding with concept that ‘think globally and act locally’ amongst the young audiences.
I convey my warm regards to the team of the North East Green Summit, 2016.
(Shri Tam is a member of Indian Forest Service and presently Chief Conservator of Forest & Member Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity Board)