Imphal, August 8, 2019:
In an interesting development, the Manipur government has appointed a 9-year-old girl as the State’s green ambassador. This development occurs less than a week after a video of her crying for two trees axed for a road-widening project went viral.
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It may be mentioned that on Saturday, the two trees, along with other vegetation, were axed for a project to widen a road beside the river. A videographer filmed her crying over the trees.
An order from H. Balkrisna Singh, Manipur’s Director of Information and Public Relations, on August 7 said that Elangbam Valentina Devi of Hiyanglam Makha Leikai in Kakching district had been made the brand ambassador for the Chief Minister’s Green Manipur Mission and all official tree-plantation activities taken up in the State.
This, the order said, was in recognition of her immense love and affection for trees and for generating mass awareness on conservation of the environment for a “period of one year from the date of issuing the order.”
As per the order, she will be part of all such advertisements and campaigns that promote an increase in Manipur’s green cover. We hope to see more of this young nature lover in the coming days!
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