Altaf Hameed Rao;
MIRPUR (AJK): All is set to observe the Universal Environment Day in Azad Jammu Kashmir on Tuesday – June 5 with the renewal of the pledge to lend all of individual and collective efforts to protect the environment from all sorts of pollution.
Unveiling the salient feature of the day-long hectic programs to observe the Universal Environment Day, Director General Environmental Protection Agency of Azad Jammu Kashmir government Raja Muhammad Razaq while talking to this correspondent here on Saturday said ‘’it is the People Day for pledging actions to take care of the earth.
“Each year, the Day is observed around a theme that focuses attention on a specific pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2018 Global Environmental Day is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. It is a call for a vulnerable nation to join hands and combat one of the great environmental challenges”, Razaq said.
“The observance of the activity world-wide encourages and raise awareness among the masses and other stake holders for their due individual and collective role for ensuring the totally pollution-free environment through their due actions”, he said. The observance of the universal environment day, began in 1974 and following the enthusiastic interest and participation of the masses including all stake holders, grown to become a universal event for the public outreach – which has enlarged through celebration in over a hundred countries across the globe”, he added.
The Director General EPA AJK continued that the AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan, who also heads the recently-formed Environmental Protection Council of AJK , will chair the special meeting of the Council on World Environment Day in Muzaffarabad on June 5 to discuss environmental issues and to take policy decisions thereon.
Raja Muhammad Razaq said that a grand seminar on the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution in Muzaffarabad the said day – Tuesday evening will be the hall mark of the World Environment day. AJK President Sardar Masood Khan will be the chief guest on this occasion, he said. “All major segments of the society including academia, environmental expers, business fraternity – besides all relevant stake holders including members of the cabinet, heads of the nation-building institutions and members of the AJK Environmental Protection Council will attend.
Raja Razaq said that his organization – the EPA AJK has devised a comprehensive plan ranging from general awareness to focusing on dimensions of Sustainable Development, Environmental Degradation and its safeguards with special emphasis on the above theme for World Environment Day this year, he added.