Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, Vice President, today called upon all nations to take collective action to address climate change and environmental degradation. “Human species cannot claim the planet as its exclusive privilege,” the Vice President said of reckless exploitation of natural resources.

During his visit to the Parliament House Complex, the Vice President interacted with probationers of the 2021 batch of the Indian Forest Service. It is important for Forest Service Officers to work with tribal communities and experience their pristine culture firsthand. This is a great opportunity for you to serve their needs and aspirations.

According to Shri Dhankhar, forests have always been an integral part of Indian ethos, consciousness, and culture. Considering that India is among the top 10 nations in the world when it comes to forest wealth, he urged the officers to ‘serve nature to serve humankind’.

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According to the Vice President, human greed is causing features such as common village lands and natural water tanks to diminish, which is concerning.

According to the Vice President, the Constitution was even amended to include Fundamental Duties for citizens, such as protecting the natural environment and having compassion for living creatures. He praised the vision of the constitution makers for including ‘protection and safeguarding of forests’ as part of the Directive Principles of State Policy. A greater effort should be made to involve people in environmental protection and improve their participation.

A number of dignitaries attended the meeting, including Shri Sunil Kumar Gupta, Secretary to the Honourable Vice President, Shri P.C. Mody, Secretary-General of the Rajya Sabha, Shri C.P. Goyal, Director General of Forests and Special Secretary, Dr. Vandana Kumar, Additional Secretary, Rajya Sabha, Shri Bharat Jyoti, Director IGNFA, and others.

**News Source: PIB India**

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