Port Blair, May 28: Hon’ble Lt Governor, Lt Gen A K Singh (Retd), today released books titled ‘Birds of Andaman & Nicobar Islands’ and Reef Fishes of Andaman & Nicobar Islands’, published by Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), at a simple function at Raj Niwas. The Coffee Table Books on interesting birds and fish of the Islands have been published by ZSI as part of their Centenary year celebration. Both the books contain vast information of birds and fish of the Islands with pictorial representations in simple language with an aim to reach the common people.
In his brief address on the occasion, the Lt Governor complimented Zoological Survey of India for releasing the two books and for the important works being undertaken by them in the Islands. Stating that ZSI has a role to record, protect, adopt and conserve our flora & fauna, he suggested that besides its role of protection and conservation, ZSI should also work for creating awareness among the people. In this context, he observed that ZSI should publish and distribute pamphlets and show movies/audio video presentations in schools and colleges to generate awareness among the students. This will help them achieve their twin objectives of generating awareness and secondly achieve their prime objective of protecting the flora & fauna, he said.
Referring to Port Blair being selected as Smart City, he complimented the Chairperson of PBMC and her team, citizens of the Islands and thanked Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Urban Development Minister for having reposed faith in the UT. He further said that this day is a historical and significant day in the history of the Islands, as today is the 133rd birth anniversary of Veer Sarvarkar. The Veer Savarkar Jyot will be unveiled today in National Memorial Cellular Jail by Shri Amit Shahji, President of BJP. This is a very good example of amalgamation of development, preservation of history, art & culture and environment protection, the LG observed.
In his address, Dr. Kalish Chander, Director, ZSI, GoI gave a detailed account of activities and functioning of ZSI. He said ZSI is one of the premier research institutions in India established by the erstwhile British Empire in 1916 at Kolkata and is celebrating 100 years of relentless services to the nation. He further said that ZSI will continue to do its best in the Centenary year to disseminate the knowledge acquired to bring a sense of awareness of the Islands wealth, which need to be conserved for the future generation.
Sr. Scientist, ZSI, Dr. K C Gopi gave a detail account of the two books published by the ZSI and released today.
Earlier, welcoming the chief guest and others, Dr. C Ragunathen, Deputy Director, ZSI informed that ZSI regional centre at Port Blair was established on 21st April 1977. During the last 40 years of research works, ZSI has recorded 9344 species, which contributes about 9.5% of Indian faunal diversity. The function concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Scientist, ZSI, Dr. Sivaperamul.
Chairperson, PBMC, senior officers of the Administration and officers of various central government departments were present.