The state forest department has decided to plant 2.5 crore saplings in the next one year. The state forest minister Binay Barman on Friday held a meeting with the senior officials of the department at the Library Hall in Alipore Zoo. After the meeting he said that the target has been fixed to plant 2.5 crore saplings and the step has been taken considering the sharp increase in the level of pollution.
With global warming the level of pollution is also going up, he said adding that planting of trees is the only way to reduce pollution.
It is learnt that last year around 2,000 saplings were planted. He said that each MLA will get 1000 saplings to be planted in their respective constituencies.
Saplings will also be distributed among school and college goers. Planting saplings is not enough as many of those get damaged before it grows up. People will be engaged by the forest department to work for the nourishment of saplings as well. But at the same time each and everyone has to come together to save a plant.
Thus the initiative has been taken to ensure that the saplings grow to a big tree and necessary arrangements to save the saplings will be done. He has also expressed the need of organising seminars to make the school and college goers aware of the facts that how they can nourish a plant.
He said that Bon Mahautsav will also be organised as it creates awareness among the people. This time the utsav will be organised in Malbazar, North Bengal University and Cooch Behar.
In the meeting with the officials of his department he discussed the present status of the ongoing projects and how to complete the projects within the stipulated time.