Govt committed to conserving country's wildlife: PM

Manmohan Singh

The government is "firmly committed" to conserving the country's unique wildlife, forests and its variety of ecosystems, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday.

In his message on the occasion of Wildlife Week, which coincides with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Singh asked the people to "actively pursue a conservationist lifestyle" to maintain the country's biological diversity.

Noting that India is home to a magnificent variety of ecosystems and species of flora and fauna, Singh said, "Given the pressures of a growing population, it is not going to be easy to maintain the existing biological diversity in our country.

"However, we are firmly committed to conserving our unique wildlife, vast areas of forests and other landscapes including the snow clad mountains, alpine pastures, deserts and marine areas," the Prime Minister said.

"Our glorious natural heritage must be nurtured and passed on to the future generations," he said.

"If this commitment is to be fulfilled, each one of us would be required to actively pursue a conservationist lifestyle. We would also need to ensure that gradually the various facets of conservation get embedded in all developmental activities," Singh said.

The Prime Minister also called upon the people, especially the young, to join in the "noble endeavour" of conserving and protecting the wildlife and maintaining the ecological integrity of the nation.

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