Dr Singh sets target of planting 7 crore saplings this year

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jul 2018 11:17:22


Staff Reporter,


Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Saturday called upon the various State Government departments, common citizens and commercial institutions and industries to plant saplings this Monsoon. He said with the help of government departments, private bodies and common people, the state has set a target of planting seven crore saplings this year.

Chairing the review meeting of Hariyar Chhattisgarh Afforestation Mega-Mission, the Chief Minister directed the Forest Department officials to conduct physical verification of sapling plantation by third party for impartial and transparent procedure. At the meeting the Chief Minister issued necessary instructions to the forest department officials. He called upon the senior officers to ensure massive participation of people in the large-scale afforestation drive in the entire state.

Dr Raman Singh set a target of planting seven crore saplings in two- month period (till August). Forest Minister Mahesh Gaagda, Chief Secretary Ajay Singh, ACS (Forest) C K Khetan, ACS (Agriculture) and senior department officers were present at the review meeting. Chief Minister also announced that Hariyar Chhattisgarh Award will be instituted in the name of legendary Forest Guard Late Maniram Gond, who had planted ‘Sagon (teak)’ saplings on a nine hectare area at village Gidhpuri district Raipur (current North Forest Division) around 117 years ago in 1891. Britishers did not like the idea of Late Maniral Gond and his services were terminated. Late Maniram started residing in a temporary shelter and guarding the plantations. The trees grew up to 185 centimetre in perimeter and 30 metre in length in the year 1982.

Maniram Plantations still bring back the memories of a great person of his dedication to greenery. Dr Raman Singh called upon the officers to tend saplings till at least three years. He also said that plants should not be purchased from outside the state. There are enough saplings available in the Forest Department nurseries.Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh expressed his displeasure over the lack of interest of prominent industries in the afforestation drive last year. He called upon Chief Secretary to conduct a meeting of all managements and encourage them to participate in large numbers. He instructed the officers to plant fruit-bearing saplings in large numbers. The Chief Minister said that cashew nut and ‘Katahal’ sapplings should be planted in large numbers in Bastar and Surguja. Plant mango grooves by the side of the roads so that citizens can get both fruits and shade for a long time to come. Chief Minister stressed upon the need to plant saplings according to local soil and climatic conditions. He added that great work had been done in certain areas and it should be publicized. He asked the department officials to carry out documentation and videography of the effective plantation drives taken place in many parts of the state and such good works should be effectively publicized and rewarded, he said.