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CM Jai Ram Thakur flags off rapid fire fighting force vehicles to sensitive areas

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

In order to create mass awareness regarding prevention and control of forest fires due to a prolonged dry spell in the state, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday flagged off the two rapid fire fighting force vehicles to various forest fire sensitive areas of the state after launching the forest fire awareness campaign in the state.

He said that the fortnight-long campaign was being launched throughout the state to create awareness amongst the people regarding the precautions and the measures to be adopted in case of the major forest fire or other such incidents and seek their participation.

Thakur said that anyone found igniting the forest fires would be dealt as per the law of the land.

He said that spending some amount on such campaigns was useful as the motive was to sensitise the people regarding the forest fires.

“We also need to create awareness amongst the people not to put the pastures to fire as it did not help in re-growth of the fodder. There was also a need to keep our forest cover preserved and protect them from fires,” he said, adding that with the community participation and awareness campaigns we can minimise the fire incidents.

Thakur said that ‘Rapid Forest Fire Fighting Force’ had been constituted with 1900 volunteers as its members. Besides, special events like rallies on foot and on cycles, chat shows, nukkad nataks, painting and slogan writing and exhibitions would be organised to create wider awareness during the campaign.

He appealed to the people to take advantage and participate in this campaign.He also released a manual containing key features of the campaign.