More than 99 lakh saplings to be planted and 2.27 crore plants to be distributed by Forest Department in the current year- Shri Akbar

More than 99 lakh saplings to be planted and 2.27 crore plants to be distributed by Forest Department in the current year- Shri Akbar
  • Forest Minister reviews preparations for plantation drive in the state
  • Instructions given to benefit maximum number of people, gram panchayats and joint forest management committees under Chief Minister Afforestation Promotion Scheme
  • Nearly 4 crore saplings of 284 species available in all 275 nurseries of Forest Department
  • Videography to be done before and after plantation

Raipur  (the states. news) During the current financial year 2021-22, Forest and Climate Change Department will plant nearly 99 lakh 35 thousand 193 saplings on 187 km/13 thousand 905 hectare area in the state. Besides, the department has also set the target of distributing 2 crore 27 lakh saplings in the current year. For the successful implementation of plantation program in the state, nearly 3 crore 89 lakh saplings of 284 species are currently available in all the 275 nurseries of the Forest Department.
In a virtual meeting held today, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shri Mohammad Akbar reviewed in detail the tree plantation programfrom his residence office at Shankar Nagar in the capital city . Principal Secretary Forest Mr. Manoj Pingua, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief of Forest Force Mr. Rakesh Chaturvedi, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Tapesh Jha and Chief Executive Officer of CAMPA Mr. V.Srinivas Rao were also present in the meeting. Besides, all the Chief Conservator of Forests and Divisional Forest Officer also joined the virtual meeting.

In the meeting, Forest Minister Shri Akbar inquired about the Forest circle-wise and the forest division wise preparations for tree plantation program and instructed all the Forest Divisional Officers to ensure time-bound implementation of the action plan. He also gave necessary instructions to all the DFOs for pre and post tree plantation videography so that the tree plantation work in the state could be properly assessed. He directed to complete the videography work of pits prepared before the plantation work in all the forest divisions by June 10. He directed the officials concerned to complete the preliminary work for plantation by June 15 under all circumstances. Meanwhile, he also gave necessary instructions regarding the measures to protect the saplings planted by the roadside.
Forest Minister Shri Akbar further directed to ensure effective implementation of ‘Chief Minister Plantation Promotion Scheme’ in the state and to benefit maximum number of people, Gram Panchayats and Joint Forest Management Committees under this important scheme. It is worth mentioning that under Chief Minister’s Plantation Promotion Scheme, farmers who have taken paddy crop in Kharif year 2020 will be provided incentive of Rs 10 thousand per acre per year for the next 3 years, if they plant trees in their fields instead of paddy crop. Similarly, if Gram Panchayats utilize available funds for  commercial plantation, then in case of successful plantation after one year,Government will provide incentive at the rate of Rs.10 thousand per acre to the concerned Gram Panchayats. This will increase the income of Panchayats in future. Besides, if Joint Forest Management Committees utilize the available funds for plantation on the revenue land on commercial basis, then like Panchayats they would also be provided incentive at the rate of 10 thousand rupees per acre after one year. The right to cut and sell trees will belong to the concerned committee. (media saheb.com)

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