Shimla: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presiding over the State Level World Environment Day function at Shimla on 5 June 2020..
The State of Himachal Pradesh has embarked on the path of green growth and sustainable development without causing any harm to the environment by maintaining a fine balance between development and at the same time ensuring no harm to the fragile ecology of the State. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the State Level World Environment Day function of the Department of Science Environment and Technology, here . Chief Minister said that the Himalayan region was not only important for the people residing in this region, but it was of utmost importance for the whole world. He said that the State has been endowed with diverse climatic conditions and a variety of flora and fauna. He said that World Environment Day was the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. He said that the World Environment Day should not be a ceremonial occasion, but something concrete must come out from this. He said that polythene was rampantly polluting the water bodies, harming marine life and posing a threat to human health. He said that the Himachal Pradesh became first state in the country to ban use of polythene bags in the State. He said that plastic water bottles less than one liter capacity would be banned in the public meetings in the State. He said that the tourists visiting the State must be sensitized to use jute or paper bags instead of polythene bags.