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Painting, elocution competitions, quiz marks World Biodiversity Day

Jamshedpur/ Noamundi, May 22: The Ore, Mines & Quarries (OMQ) Division of Tata Steel celebrated “World Biodiversity Day” under this year’s theme of ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ at the Noamundi Recreation Club on May 22. S K Gupta, Regional Chief Conservator of Forest, Jamshedpur, graced the event as the Chief Guest. Joining him were Ashutosh Kumar, IFS, District Forest Officer, Chaibasa, Vishwanath Shah, IFS, Conservator of Forest, Chaibasa, Pankaj Satija, General Manager (OMQ), Tata Steel.

Aimed at sensitising communities, especially children, about the importance of preserving and protecting biodiversity, the OMQ Division organised events at Noamundi, Joda and Khondbond. Key highlights of the events included expert knowledge sessions, and painting and elocution competitions as well as a quiz for school children on the subject of biodiversity.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Gupta lauded the efforts of Tata Steel towards promoting conservation of biodiversity. He also urged children to plant at least one tree in their names before the monsoon season in order to increase the green cover.

Reinforcing Tata Steel’s commitment towards conservation, enhancement and restoration of biodiversity, Mr Satija said, “We are sensitising all sections of society towards conservation and values of biodiversity by organising awareness sessions, competitions and other engagement activities. We are reaching out to local communities for strengthening and protecting their traditional knowledge bank on biodiversity. This is a step towards meeting the National Biodiversity targets.”

Renowned scientists and experts on Biodiversity Dr Dishant Parasharya, Scientist, Marine Conservation Department, Bombay Natural History Society, Dr Justus Joshua, Wildlife Ecologist, Member of IUCN, Mr Nahar Muhammed, Ecotourism Specialist, Sikkim & Uttarakhand Tourism and Mr Vipul Sharma, Member of IUCN graced the event as guest speakers and led the expert knowledge sessions held at Noamundi.

In order to make the programme more exciting, Odisha’s famous Gotipua dance was performed at Noamundi and Joda. Similarly, in a day-long programme at Khondbond village, various competitions, a traditional dance show and a screening of biodiversity film were organised for school children. Prizes were given to students at the end of the programme in each of these locations.

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