Baripada, August 3 (LocalWire): As many 25 women in Paktia Panchayat from Suliapada in Mayurbhanj district on Monday celebrated Raksha bandhan event in Paktia forest in the presence of forest officers and the Sarpanch of Paktia panchayat.
The women and officials tied rakhi on Sal trees in the forest following all the COVID-19 guidelines.
In the event, Divisional Forest Officer of Baripada, Swayam Kumar Mallick expressed his appreciation as the SPADRA is taking an initiative to create awareness among people about protection of forests.
Despite the duty of the forest department in forest protection, the local people in Paktia Panchayat have made a lot of contribution to save the forest. Tying rakhis to trees will spread good messages to people, said the DFO.
Lady Sarpanch Basanti Munda expressed, “A sister ties rakhi on the hand of her brother for safeguarding her, here the event where, tribal women and officials tie rakhi on the tree meant it spreads message the trees not only save wildlife but save to entire the world and provides oxygen to save lives of creature and help to ecological balance. The tree as brother can save all on earth too,” she said.
Secretary of SPARDA Bibekananda Pattnaik expressed that it has reached 17 years since the programme has been celebrated by the organisation with help of local tribal people’s involvement. The objective of the event is to protect the forest and environment.
The secretary of SPARDA had requested the DFO to take initiatives and emphasis on community involvement for the development of the forest.
The event was celebrated with a least number of tribal people and officials for the restriction of COVID-19 guidelines.