SHILLONG, Oct 2: Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday said that Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters fought hard through non violent means to secure the country’s freedom.
The Chief Minister said that they fought with the spirit of sacrifice and were ready to die for the freedom of their country
“That was the spirit they fought with.
Today we are fighting a different battle not for independence but for survival, we need to ensure that this environmemt and ecology is protected,” Conrad said.
He was speaking at the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi held in the city.
According to him community participation in protecting the environment is very important.
He pointed out that as a government it was crucial to look at the growth of the economy.
“There must be balance between economic development and environmental sustainability. That is the policy the government has envisaged,” the Chief Minister added.
Conrad also said that one must realise that the environment is in a very fragile state if one don’t act now in another five or 10 years one may not be able to reverse the impact of climate change.
The Chief Minister said that during the fight for independence there were talks about dying for the country but now at after 72 years the slogan should be to live for the nation.
“Let us come together and live for our country, our earth, by participating in all the activities that are important to our people, to our State and the environment. Let us take a pledge that we will live for our country, our State and our city,” he urged those present.
Conrad also lauded the efforts of the different cement companies that are partnering with the State so that the it benefits through their various CSR activities.
Topcem and Dalmia cement plants have embarked on the initiative to turn plastic waste into fuel for their cement plants at the same time ensure that all the environmental standards are maintained.
“We have also embarked on an initiative to use plastic in road construction and I hope that we will be able to scale this up in the future,” he added.
He also said that his government have decided to take up cleanliness and the issue of plastic pollution and link it with the larger subject of environmental degradation and preventive measures for a cleaner and pollution free environment.
He pointed out that for the past few months the government have initiated different programs to ensure cleaner and plastic free state.