The future of mankind will be protected only when the nature is kept unharmed, viewed environmentalists and intellectuals at an award distribution ceremony held by the House of Nature, Environment and Society Trust (HONEST) here on Tuesday.
Trust president Dr Sundara Narayan Patro presided over the programme. Asian Institute of Public Health University Vice-Chancellor Prof Jyotirmaya Mohapatra gracing as chief guest stressed on the need of protecting the nature and described how Indian culture has strengthened the social integration. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Dr Debabrata Swain highlighted about the wildlife resources and their significance in Odisha. He too spoke about various steps being taken by the Government for wildlife and important natural sites.
Patra opined that the youths should be committed for protection of environment and conservation of natural resources. Local Corporator Aswhini Kumar Sundaray was present.
On the occasion, four noted persons were felicitated with the HONEST Samman for their contributions to different fields. While Dr Dasharathi Mohapatra and Dr Ashok Kumar Rout received the award for health services, Manju Mishra got the award for yoga practice and Er Prakash Chandra Jena was given the award for his contribution to environment sector.
At the outset, Shraban Kumare Patra delivered welcome address and Dr Jaya Krushna Panigrahi introduced guests. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Sunita Kumar Patra.
Among others, Sudhir, Suprit and Sansi coordinated the programme. Many environmentalists and intellecturals attended the programme.