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Raksha Bandhan: Lady Tarzan Jamuna Tudu and her team to tie rakhis to 200 trees

The green crusader fights the timber mafia in Chakulia block of East Singhbhum

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, July 28: Environmentalist Jamuna Tudu and her team will tie rakhis to 200 trees in the jungles of Chakulia block in East Singhbhum as part of Raksha Bandhan.

The exercise will take place on August 11 (Raksha Bandhan).

Jamuna, a Padma Shri awardee heads Van Suraksha Samiti with support of 300 members, mostly women. The Samity was formed in 1998. The outfit is active in East Singhbhum, including Bahragora, Ghatshila, Potka, Patamda and Dhalbhumgarh. It also has committees in Dumka, Giridih, Pakur and Godda.

“We are going to tie rakhis to 200 trees in the jungles of Chakulia block. It is an annual exercise every Raksha Bandhan. It shows our commitment towards protecting trees,” Jamuna said over phone from Ranchi. She boarded a flight to New Delhi from the capital. The green crusader is scheduled to attend a function at a college in New Delhi.

Known as Lady Tarzan for the ferocity with which she fights the timber mafia to protect forests, the 35-year-old Jamuna said she would convene a meeting with Samiti members to discuss the logistics for tying rakhis to trees. “We’ll identify trees and do the needful,” she added.

On her recent trip to New Delhi to attend the farewell ceremony of former President Ram Nath Kovind,  Jamuna, a resident of Maturkham village in Chakulia, said she met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath Yogi and civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. “I informed Modiji about my campaign for protecting forests.  He (Modi) appreciated my work and promised necessary support,” she recalled.

The brave environmentalist is keen to spread Samiti’s wings in West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan.”I have already undertaken a tour of these two districts and spoke to like-minded people. I have plans to launch our campaign in these two districts as well,”Jamuna informed.

Jamuna and her team also toured the scenic Dalma wildlife sanctuary last year. She was concerned about the sanctuary, which is witnessing incidents of tree felling and running of illegal liquor producing units. The team spoke to members of the eco-development committee in Haludbani.

She asked members of Van Suraksha Samiti and eco development committee to keep a vigil. Jamuna also tours the Dalma jungles on periodical intervals. There are 12 women members in the VSS Haludbani unit.

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