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S K Gupta, Regional Chief Conservator of Forest, Jamshedpur, was present the event as the Chief Guest.
Joining him were Ashutosh Kumar, IFS, District Forest Officer, Chaibasa, Vishwanath Shah, IFS, Conservator of Forest, Chaibasa, Pankaj Satija, General Manager (OMQ), Tata Steel.

Aimed at sensitising communities, especially children, about the importance of preserving and protecting biodiversity, the OMQ Division organised events at Noamundi, Joda and Khondbond.

Addressing the gathering, Gupta lauded the efforts of Tata Steel towards promoting conservation of biodiversity. He also urged children to plant at least one tree in their names before the monsoon season in order to increase the green cover.

Reinforcing Tata Steel’s commitment towards conservation, enhancement and restoration of biodiversity, Satija said, “We are sensitising all sections of society towards conservation and values of biodiversity by organising awareness sessions, competitions and other engagement activities. We are reaching out to local communities for strengthening and protecting their traditional knowledge bank on biodiversity. This is a step towards meeting the National Biodiversity targets.”

KEY ACTIVITIES:
• Activity at Noamundi: Elocution, Drawing and Quiz competitions organized at St. Mary School, Noamundi. Prize distribution and Gotipua dance organised at Noamundi.
• Activity at Joda : Competition on Drawing, Quiz and Rangoli organised at Joda Basti, Dipu Hutting, Tata Hutting and Bichakundi. Prize distribution and Gotipua dance organised at Joda.
• Activity at Khondbond: Competition on Drawing, Quiz and Rangoli organised at NFE centre, Khondbond village. Traditional cultural dance also organised at Khondbond.

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Expert Session Speakers
• Dr Dishant Parasharya, Scientist, Marine Conservation Department, Bombay Natural History Society, • Dr Justus Joshua, Wildlife Ecologist, Member of IUCN • Mr Nahar Muhammed, Ecotourism Specialist, Sikkim & Uttarakhand Tourism • Mr Vipul Sharma, Member of IUCN

OBJECTIVE: Aimed at sensitising communities, especially children, about the importance of preserving and protecting biodiversity, the OMQ Division organised events at Noamundi, Joda and Khondbond.

HIGHLIGHTS: Key highlights of the events included expert knowledge sessions, painting, quiz and elocution for school children and YRC members on the subject of biodiversity. Gotipua and Juggler dance by renowned dance troupe.

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