Coconut, well known as Tree of Heavens, is fully exploited for manifold purposes in traditionally coconut growing countries like India. The fact that the importance of coconut is very well understood all over the country, could well be judged by the exalted position it occupies in its use in worship or in other auspicious functions.
The current emphasis is towards protecting the environment from various industrial wastes, to exploit the potential of by product utilization and recycling, to use coconut products and by products in protecting the nature etc. On exploring this possibility, admirable results can be obtained.
The Sundarban Delta is always known as cyclone prone area. To create an improved eco-system in the region of Sundarban Delta, Mukti has been taking up the Coconut plantation programme. This effort is not only help improve the economical condition of the poor rural families significantly but also protect their lives and livelihood from the frequent cyclone /Aila sort of disaster.
Mukti is attempting to spread over this coconut planting programme under the MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) in many other Blocks of South 24 Paraganas in collaboration with the West Bengal Government.
Mukti started coconut planting programme in the year 2008. Mukti in 2010 planted 234 coconut trees on the bank of the river and by the side of the existing brick road of the village. The trees grow in the nature as usual. Mukti distributed another 450 coconut plants through Panchayet with the involvement of Block Development officer, Mathurapur-II, Block, 24 Parganas South. The concept of this coconut programme is to maintain by the communities and people will be the owner of the project. Each plant will give Rs. 1,000 guaranteed income per year without any recurring expenditure. It will resist erosion of embankment of rivers and in directly the houses and property including live stocks of the villagers will be saved.
Sundarban, the delta of the river Ganges in the south 24 paraganas of West Bengal state in India is one of the wonders on earth. A lush green forest of mangroves with its natural inhabitant, the well-known Royal Bengal tiger, made it attractive, curious and famous. Due to Pollution and global warming the delta is submerging slowly into the Bay of Bengal. Hence, the existence of this delta and its habitants are in great danger. Mukti along with Government of West Bengal has taken some steps to make awareness in people regarding this threat.
As per Government of West Bengal declaration, 21st August in each year will be celebrated as Sundarban Day (Dibas). Sundarban Development Authority (Unnayan Parishad) with Mukti took a vital role to organize a huge gathering for meeting and awareness programs as a part of celebration of Sundarban Day on 21st August as a special day for the deltas.
MUKTI played main role in all respects as follows:
The chief guest of the program, Honble. Minister for Sunderban Affairs, Mr. Kanti Ganguly and Honble. Minister of Culture and Information Mr. Soumendra Nath Bera encouraged the gathering by their speech. Auspicious presence of famous swimmer Mrs. Bula Chowdhury and other officials made it a success. The entire Mukti family showed their skill and solidarity to organize such a big arrangement. Approx. 7000 students and 6000 villagers from different parts of Sundarban, a host news media attended the program to see and feel the importance of the day.
Honble. Minister Mr. Kanti Gangauly in his speech, promised to preserve the nature of this Delta and encouraged common people to protect this delta by all means from any danger. He planted a Badaban plant at the river bed. All VIPs and other dignitaries encouraged the gathering by their views regarding possibility of natural calamities in the coming days due to the abolition of Sunderban.
Cultural program by students and some professional groups, throughout the day enthralled the gathering with dance, drama, folk songs, music and recitation.
Celebration of 21st August created a huge impact on common people and the intellectuals highlighting the importance of Sundarban for our civilization.
We have to save our earth by saving ecology and ‘Save the Sunderban’. We should promise to make Every Day a Sunderban day to protect and save the Deltas.
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