Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government is set to create a sort of record on Sunday when 25 crore saplings would be planted in a day,
The campaign ‘Mission Vriksharopan 2020’, was inaugurated here at the Kukrial forest area, by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here by planting a sapling of Harishankari variety of tree of Auryavedic importance.
The state government has roped in several government departments, social organisation and schools for this mega plantation drive. Till 1600 hours, the government has claimed to have planted 19 crore saplings.
The CM in his brief speech said that plants are a very important part of the life and now during the Corona pandemic, Auryavedic important plants are proving immunity to the people from this virus .
He said today is also “Guru Purnima” and it is the better way to serve our guru and the country by going for planting sapling and serve the nature and environment.
The government has identified 201 varieties of saplings which includes fruits, Auryavedic, and others.
The CM said that his government was always gone for promoting plantation drive and hence the beneficiaries of Pradhanmanti Awas Yojna were given a drumstick sapling sling with their house.
Last year, the state went for plantation drive of 22 crore saplings,11 crore saplings in 2018 and in 2017, the number was 5 crore.
He also called on people to protect the saplings so that they can grow and serve the society.
Officials said that for plantation of 25 crore saplings, 7 lakh spots have been identified. While forest department will plant 10 crore sapling and the remaining 15 crore would be done by 26 other government departments.
All the 7 lakhs spots of plantation have been geo tagged. Forest department has already made available 44.27 crore sapling through its 1760 nurseries while other departments will make available over one crore saplings