Chandigarh, August 11: Dedicated to the auspicious 400th Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, the Forest Department has prepared a proposal for planting 400 saplings in each village of the state and comprehensive program to ensure the upkeep and growth of the saplings under which two ‘Van Mitras’ would be deployed.
Punjab Forest Minister Mr. Sadhu Singh Dharmsot brainstormed with Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Mr. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and School Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla in this regard at Punjab Bhawan.
Mr. Dharmsot said that the work of planting the saplings would be carried out under Mahatma Gandhi-National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. He said that for ensuring the success of the program, the departments of Forest, Rural Development and Panchayat and School Education would develop synergy and orders would be issued soon.
The Cabinet Minister told that 400 saplings would be planted on one-acre panchayat land in each village and one van Mitra would be kept for every 200 saplings and would ensure proper growth of the saplings for three years.
He said that new saplings would be planted on the places where the saplings do not flourish properly.
Minister further said that around 85 lakh saplings are ready in the nurseries of the forest department in the state and preference would be given to plant the sapling having with a height of 5-ft. He said that the saplings would be planted on the vacant land, roadside, schools and other suitable locations.
Prominent among present included Additional Chief Secretary Forest Mrs. Ravneet Kaur, Director Rural Development and Panchayat Mr. Vipul Ujjwal, DGSE Mohammad Tayyab, Additional Secretary Mr. Ravinder Singh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Mr. Jatinder Sharma and others