For success of the Van Mahotsav, participation and cooperation of the people a must : Chief Minister
Chief Minister inaugurates web portal, forest e-library and unveils a film on state bird ‘Saras’
On occasion of Van Mahotsava, 82,232 saplings planted at 530 places
In the current year 9.37 lakh tall saplings to be planted and 483 green belts to be established
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that public participation and cooperation is a must for the success of the Van Mahotsav. Adding that everyone was aware of the significance of trees and forests in one’s life because they not only give us oxygen but also many essential commodities.
Mr. Yadav also pointed out the need for conserving forests for better life of present and future generations. Pointing out the event was being organised to create awareness for conservation and protection of the forest cover among the masses, the Chief Minister urged the people of the state that they should do their bit in this endeavour.
The Chief Minister was speaking at his official 5, Kalidas Marg residence after inaugurating the state level Van Mahotsav. Informing that 82,232 saplings were being planted at 530 places across the state, the Chief Minister said extensive plantation was started from village Rausa in Kannauj on June 5, 2014 on the World Environment Day under which 1,12,500 saplings have been planted. He also added that the state government was developing green belts on 50 acres or more land in every district.
Under this scheme, Mr. Yadav informed 9.37 lakh tall plants of 8-12 feet height are being planted and 483 green belts are being developed. The CM also lauded the efforts of the Forest Department in increasing the forest cover in the state, something, he pointed, was also appreciated by the ‘waterman’ Mr. Rajendra Singh. The Chief Minister was gifted a Parijat (Kalp Vriksha) at the beginning of the function after which he also inaugurated a web portal and forest e-library and unveiled a film on the state bird ‘SARAS’ (crane).
The event was also addressed by Minister of State for Forests Mr. Fareed Mehfooz Kidwai and Wildlife minister Dr. Shiv Pratap Yadav who informed the gathering about the future programmes at Kukrail. Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) and Principal Secretary (Forests) Mr. VN Garg, shed light of various other schemes of the department, especially efforts to increase the forest cover in the state. Chief Conservator Forests Mr. JS Asthana detailed various programmes on plantation. Also present on the occasion were Political Pension Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, State Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Mr. Naveen Chandra Bajpai, Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan, Principal Secretary (Information) Mr. Navneet Sehgal, Director (Information) Dr. Roopesh Kumar, people’s representatives and other senior officers.