Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C) Shri Jairam Ramesh releasing a ‘Calendar of Events’ at the World Forestry Day Celebrations in New Delhi In keeping with the mandate of his Ministry of environment protection and conservation, Environment Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh clarified further his agenda by declaring that "We must finish de-greening before we start greening projects. The de-greening has been created by industrial construction." Utilizing the opportunity of the World Forestry Day to the fullest, he further said, "The pressure of our population and works done in the name of progress have damaged our forests and rivers. This is the biggest challenge we face today. We have to achieve economic growth along with conserving forests and keeping our rivers clean."