New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today heaped praises on two Odias for their eco initiatives. During the 75th episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi lauded the efforts of Bijay Kumar Kabiji from Barakot village in Kendrapada district for raising a 25-acre mangrove on the outskirts of the village.
“Kendrapara is on the sea coast. That’s why there are many villages in this district, which are prone to the dangers of high tides and Cyclone. This also causes havoc at times. Bijayji felt that if anything can stop this environmental devatation, the only thing that can stop it, it is only nature. That is when Bijayji began his mission from the village of Barakot and for12 years….. He raised a 25-acre mangrove forest on the outskirts of the village towards the sea. Today this forest is protecting this village,” said the Prime Minister.
Modi also cited the eco initiative of Engineer Amresh Samant in Paradip. Amresh planted micro- forests to protect many villages.