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Over 6 crore saplings to be planted in one day in M.P.

31 May 2017

Chief Minister Chouhan said that 6 crore 67 lakh saplings will be planted in a day in Madhya Pradesh on coming July 2. This will be the largest number of saplings ever planted on the banks of a river in one day. Narmada Seva Yatra is the biggest campaign to save Earth in the coming days. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing Narmada Seva Mission workshop at EPCO Bhavan here today. Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar and Chief Secretary Shri B.P Singh was also present during the workshop.

Chief Minister said that a significant and incredible work of river conservation has been carried out in the state through Narmada Seva Yatra. Teams from other states are coming for its study. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has appreciated the campaign. Saplings would be planted on July 2 to implement its work plan. He asked to make this campaign a mass campaign and link more and more people. The feeling of planting saplings should be instilled in every citizen of the state. This kind of campaign would also be launched on other rivers of the state. Ped lagao yatras will be taken out from coming June 5 to June 20 through Jan Jagaran will be organized to plant saplings on the banks of Narmada. State government ministers will also take part in these yatras besides social workers, seers, environmentalists and office-bearers of various social and religious organizations. Maximum persons should be registered to plant saplings on the banks of Narmada. Meetings of Narmada Seva Samitis should be held in all districts. A detailed and interim scheme to plant saplings should be prepared. Plant protectors should be prepared to take care of plants. First priority should be given to plant saplings up to one km on the banks of the Narmada. The saplings should be planted up to 2 km and then 3 kms.

Registration of over 1 lakh people to plant saplings in every district

CM said that at least 1 lakh persons should be registered from each district out of the 24 districts which are to plant saplings on the banks of the Narmada. The saplings to be planted should not be less than 2 feet. In order to create an environment favourable for the campaign, ped lagao yatras should be taken out in all districts. More and more people should be made to fill Sankalp patras during the yatras to plant saplings. He said he himself would fill sankalp patra for planting saplings. Green passport can be given to school children to connect them to the campaign like in Badwani district. Voluntary organizations and people from big cities like Indore should be connected to the campaign.

Chief Minister said that the state government has taken a revolutionary decision that sand mining will not be allowed in Narmada river. A committee has been formed to advise to carry out mining work using scientific methods keeping Narmada’s bio-diversity and water flow protected. The work of sand mining will be done through self-help-groups of youth and labourers. The state government can intervene in sale of sand. With the fund obtained through this, the labourers engaged in sand mining will be paid bonus. This will increase opportunities of employment for them.

The collectors present at the workshop gave presentations related to the preparations and work plan of their respective districts. Information regarding target set for tree plantation, availability of saplings and preparation for plantation were given at the workshop. Among those present during the workshop were office bearers of corporations/boards connected with Narmada Seva Yatra, people’s representatives, Additional Chief Secretary Rural Development Shri R.S Julania, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Shri Animesh Shukla, Chief Executive Officers of District Panchayats of related districts, DFO’s and Superintendents of Police.