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Saraikela, March 3: The 9th foundation day of traditional Pathalgadi was observed in Demkagoda (Silpingda). A tribal priest, Deori, performed traditional rituals at a stone pillar signifying a notice board at the entrance of the village. According to traditional rituals, Pathalgadi is a form of demarcation to save, nurture and put to proper use forest wealth. The programme was presided by the Gram Pradhan where all present vowed to protect trees and plants of the forests.
Many villagers and dignitaries were present during the Pathalgadi function and they included Sohan Lal Kumhar, Bablu Murmu, Bharat Singh Munda and Lakhiram Munda. During discussions, the participants in the Pathalgadi foundation day celebrations agreed that it was of utmost importance to conserve forest wealth as that led to growth in forest produce leading to rise in income levels of forest dwellers and settlers. The speakers said conservation of forests would bring a parity in water and environmental quality. They stated that it was necessary to conserve and protect plant and animal life in forests.
A special point of discussion was on Sec 3 (1) of the Forest Rights Act – 2006 wherein it was decided that the movement for community forest rights would be intensified. The other highlights of the meeting organized on the occasion of Pathalgadi celebration were special stress on conservation and protection of all forests and forest products, maintenance of environmental balance and prevention of migration of villagers.
Earlier, guests were welcomed to the celebrations with traditional dances.