Dharwad: Rich tributes were paid to the forest martyrs, who laid down their lives in protecting the forest wealth, on the occasion of the Forest Martyrs' Day observed in Dharwad.
Speaking as the chief guest, Principal District & Sessions Judge Ramchandra Huddar said the government officials have to work sincerely and with dedication to retain the faith of the society.
He called for natural resources should be conserved for the future generation. As the forest region is shrinking, it has led to various problems for mankind. Scanty rainfall, global warming, climate change are some of the impacts of deforestation, he noted.
Afforestation should not just become a duty but a tradition. As many as 42 forest officials who have sacrificed their lives for the protection of forest wealth are role models to the society, he said.
Dharwad Circle Chief Conservator of Forests T V Manjunath presided over.
He said, the new recruits had to face the challenges bravely and earn fame to the department.
ACF S Ujjanappa, B R Chennammanavar and others also spoke.