First ever J&K Foresters’ Fitness cum Endurance meet concluded today, here at Forest Protection Force ground Sidhra.The three day meet witnessed participation of over 350 players from various Forest Circles of J&K.The participants were drawn from Forest & allied departments like Territorial, Forest Protection Force, Wildlife, Pollution Control Board, Soil and Water Conservation, Social Forestry, Remote Sensing and State Forest Corporation.Eight circle level teams participated in this first J&K Foresters’ Fitness cum Endurance Meet ever held in UT of J&K.The UT level event involved 9 different competitions viz, cross country run, brisk walk, Cricket, Football, Volleyball, T.T, Cross Country, 4X100 Relay and Tug of War.The meet concluded with presentation of medals to winners by PCCF J&K Dr. Mohit Gera, PCCF & Director, Soil & Water Conservation Department, J&K, P.K. Singh.Over 140 medallions were given away for Winner and Runner up positions, while a trophy for best sportsperson of the event and an impressive Rolling trophy was given away to East Circle for being the overall winning team.
The concluding ceremony was attended by senior most Forest officials, HoDs, CCFs, CFs, DFOs, besides officials from other departments and locals.Dr. Gera, in his speech, said that besides highlighting the need of fitness, the message of camaraderie and team spirit are two elements that are the take away of this sporting meet. He appreciated all participants for showing great enthusiasm during the meet and expected the same zeal and enthusiasm from all officers/officials, while discharging their duties in the field."Besides showing the diversity of talent and culture, it also shows the diversity of roles assigned to our departments", Dr. Gera said and congratulated all the participants, teams and the winners of the event.He emphasised that the idea of such fitness meet is not just to win medals but develop the mind set to serve the people with passion. He reiterated that foresters manage and guard 48% of geographical area of J&K and 'to protect it and serve people better we need fit mind and body.' He appreciated the organising committee led by Regional Director, Jammu Wildlife Protection Department, Dr. Kumar M. K, for excellent management.