Environment, forest and climate change affairs state-minister Md Shahab Uddin on Saturday asked the administration to take stern action against people destroying environment and ecology.
‘Stern action should be taken against the people who are damaging the environmental atmosphere by cutting off hills, hillocks and filling up rivers, canals and water bodies in the country,’ he said.
Mentioning Bangladesh wants to be upgraded into a middle income country by 2021 and into a developed country by 2041, the minister said the countrymen have to be more attentive in maintaining ecological balance of the country to achieve the targets.
‘For that reason, only plantation of trees would not be sufficient. We have to do everything whatever is needed to protect the environment,’ he said.
Shahab Uddin gave the directives while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Tree Plantation Campaign and Divisional Tree Fair as chief guest that held at Sylhet Government Alia Madrassah ground in the city at the noon.
The minister said that the global temperature was being increased day by day and there was no alternative to tree plantation to overcome the effects of climate change.
Stating that his ministry was working to develop awareness among common people against use of polythene, Shahab Uddin urged all to come forward to accelerate the campaign.
He also distributed cheques of Tk 77 lakh of the social aforestation’s dividend among its beneficiaries from different parts in the division and tree saplings among more than 1,000 students.
Sylhet deputy commissioner Kazi Emdadul Islam chaired the programme that was addressed, among others, by the divisional commissioner Md Mostafizur Rahman, Sylhet range police deputy inspector general Kamrul Ahsan, Sylhet Metropolitan Police commissioner Golam Kibria, sadar upazila chairman Ashfaq Ahmad and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology’s forest and environmental department chair Belal Uddin Ahmad.
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