Stern action must against culprits:PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hands over an award to a woman for her contribution to the tree plantation campaign at the inaugural ceremony of National Tree Plantation Campaign and Tree Fair 2013 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital yesterday. Several individuals and organisations were awarded for their role in the wildlife and environment conservation on the occasion of World Environment Day. Photo: BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said stern action must be taken against those who cut down trees during recent anti-government movements.
“Action must be taken against them under the environment act so that no one dares to fell trees in the future again in the name of movements,” she said.
The prime minister was addressing “World Environment Day and National Tree Plantation Campaign and Tree Fair” at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
Holding BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and Hefajat-e Islam responsible for the recent felling of trees, she said thousands of roadside trees have been cut across the country in the name of movements. Even during Hefajat's Dhaka siege programme on May 5, trees were cut indiscriminately in and around the Motijheel area.
Hasina, also president of the ruling Awami League, urged the opposition parties to take part in the campaign for tree plantation across the country instead of cutting down trees in the name of movements.
The World Environment Day was being observed around the world yesterday with the UN theme “Think, Eat, Save” while National Tree Plantation Campaign was observed with the theme 'Gaach lagiye bhorabo desh, toiree korbo sukher poribesh' (let's fill the country with trees to build a nice environment).
Hasina distributed the “Environment Medal-2013”, “National Award for Tree Plantation-2012” and “Bangabandhu Award for Wild Life Conservation-2013” among different organisations and people for their contribution in protecting environment and wildlife.