Guwahati: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday inaugurated the 5th North East Green Summit at IIT in Guwahati.
Speaking at the programme, the Chief Minister highlighted the state government’s initiatives to protect the environment and said that the economy cannot be developed at the cost of the ecology.
He also informed about the commitment of the state government to plant 10 crore trees in the state and said that it has been a successful endeavor for environmental protection as more than 8 crore saplings have already been planted.
Dwelling on the importance of platforms such as North East Green Summit, Sonowal urged the policy makers, environmental NGOs, researchers, academicians, politicians etc attending the Summit to deliberate on various aspects of the environment and come up ways to prepare the future roadmap so that sustainable measures can be taken for preserving the ecology.
The minister also highlighted recent collaboration of State Government with the Israeli Government in the agriculture sector and hoped for technological solutions for harnessing the potential of natural water sources for economic development.
He also informed about the State Government’s commitment to achieve industrial growth in the state while maintaining environmental balance at the same time.