Achievement of OFSDS show cased in the State level World Forestry Day 2018

World Forestry Day is celebrated on 21st of March every year throughout the world to reiterate the crucial responsibility of human being in maintaining a healthy balance with the nature. Also the mandate of World Forestry Day is to increase community awareness about the values, significance and contributions of the forests to balance life cycle on the earth.

Like other years, this year too, celebration of World Forestry Day was planned and executed by the Forest and Environment department in association with the office of PCCF & Head of Forest Force, Odisha, Bhubaneswar.

OFSDS took responsibility to telecast one documentary film titled "Eko Pabitra Bana" an Angul experience. A photo exhibition was also organized in the Jayadev Bhawan premises where the central function was organized. OFSDS with its two premier projects OFSDP-II and AJY participated in the photo exhibition to showcase the significant contribution made by the projects to the Odisha Forestry Sector. The Photo exhibition was inaugurated by Hon'ble Bijayashree Routray, Minister, Forest and Environment, Government of Odisha.

A State Level function organized by the State Forest & Environment Department was graced by Hon'ble Bijayshree Routray, Minister, Forest and Environment, Government of Odisha, Sri Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest and Environment Department, Government of Odisha, Sri Subash Chandra Mishra, PCCF & Head of Forest Force, Odisha, Bhubaneswar and Sri M.Sathyanarayana, Additional PCCF, Odisha were the speakers on this occasion.

In the State Level function, forest officials of Forest Range officer, Forester and Forest Guard ranks were awarded for their exemplary contribution while discharging their duties in their respective positions. Addressing to the gathering Hon'ble Bijayshree Routray, Minister, Forest and Environment, Government of Odisha said that Odisha is one of the few states where the forest cover has increased which could be possible due to hard work of the department and the efforts of the State Government. Three books pertaining to forestry sector were released on the occasion. The Additional Chief Secretary, Forest & Environment Department highlighted the contribution of the Forest Department and the local Community in Forest Conservation and protection. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Odisha also mentioned the significant contribution made by Forest Department staff, which has resulted into increase in the forest cover of the state by 885 Sq. kms. in the last two years as per the latest State of Forest Report published by the Forest Survey of India. The meeting ended with vote of thanks imparted by Sri. M.Sathyanarayana, Additional PCCF, Odisha.