Mysuru, September 11:- National Forest Martyrs’ Day was observed by the Forest Department at late Venkataswamy Park at Aranya Bhavan in the city on Wednesday.
The day is observed as directed by the Environment and Forests Department of the Government of India in memory of forest department personnel who sacrificed their lives for the conservation of forest and wildlife.
Speaking after paying flower tributes to the martyrs, Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Southern Range Vipul Kumar said that personnel of the forest department have responsibility similar to that of police department personnel. They dedicate themselves in the conservation of forest and wildlife risking their lives.
“We are paid for maintaining law and order and protecting society. Forest officials are paid for protecting the forest. Their service for conservation of forest and wildlife is significant,” he said.
“We should learn from tribal people who stay inside forests and protect it. They don’t let anyone harm their habitat. People are destroying the forest for their selfish gain. This must be stopped. The public should join hands with the forest department in conserving the forest,” he added.
Three rounds of gun salute were fired in honour of martyrs. Forty-seven forest personnel who sacrificed their lives for forest conservation were remembered on the occasion.