Nitish Pitches for Greener, Environmentally-Rich Bihar

Nitish Kumar riding the electric car at Van Mahotsav in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while taking part in the ongoing Van Mahotsav organized by the state Forestry and Environment Department in Patna on Thursday, called for immediate action against climate change stating Bihar was a prime witness of its effects in terms extreme weather including recurring flood and draught in the state.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while taking part in the ongoing Van Mahotsav organized by the state Forestry and Environment Department in Patna on Thursday, called for immediate action against climate change stating Bihar was a prime witness of its effects in terms extreme weather including recurring flood and draught in the state.

The program was held at the Bihar Veterinary College ground in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, other cabinet members, legislators, and senior government officials.

On the occasion, Kumar planted a tree as cameramen gathered around to take a picture of the Chief Minister.

To drive home his message of caring for environment and the need for planting trees to counter the effects of climate change, Kumar recited a few couplets that drew a few applauses from those present at the function.

The Chief Minister said that the government was soon launching his ambitious 'Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali scheme that would emphasize the need for proper utilization of water resources in the state while also expediting its attempt to improve forestation and greenery in Bihar.

"Since I became the Chief Minister of Bihar in 2005, we have improved forestation in the state to 15 percent and our goal is to increase this number to 17% by the end of 2021," he said.

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