PANAJI: Minister for Forest Vishwajit Rane said that he has received an intimation from the PMO and Defence Ministry assuring full support from the union government.
“Received an intimation from the Prime Minister’s office that the Defence Ministry would provide full support and the office of the Prime minister will monitor the situation closely,” said Rane
He further said that the entire state of Goa is extremely grateful for the intervention of the Prime Minister in protecting our forests and providing us with full Defence support with helicopters for dousing the wildfires.
“As the Goa state’s Minister of Forests, I can’t begin to express my gratitude to the Prime Minister. We will keep the Prime Minister’s office updated on a daily basis on the state of fires,” he added
Rane said that he had a discussion with the PCCF Rajiv Gupta & APCCF Saurabh Kumar and have also spoken to the Collector and requested to mobilize additional people on behalf of the Disaster Management Cell.
“I have also talked to the FOGA, Rear Admiral Vikram Menon VSM, who has assured us that they will do their best to give us additional manpower so that we can deploy them in critical areas to douse the fire” he added
Meanwhile, Rane said that Local assistance from the Panchayat was sought, and everyone willingly volunteered to help us put out the fire.
“We are all working together to save our forests and will do whatever it takes to end the forest fire as soon as possible” he said