Patna, Jun 7: Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi today said that
1.5 crore saplings would be planted across Bihar during ‘Van Mahotsava’ to
be organised from August 1 to 15.
After holding meeting with officers of environment, forest, climate change
and rural development department here, Mr Modi said that forest department
had been given task of planting one crore saplings while rural development
department had to plant 50 lakh saplings during the period.
He said in massive plantation drive, NGOs, schools and colleges, Bihar
Regimental Centre, Danapur, all units of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), NCC
cadets, self help groups attached to Jeevika would be involved.
Mr Modi said that institutions would be given free samplings while money
would be charged for saplings from common people for the plantation drive.
He said that saplings would be planted on sides of rural roads measuring
less than 5 km under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee
Act (MNREGA) scheme and forest department would plant saplings on sides
of roads measuring more than 5 kms.
The deputy chief minister said that 25 saplings would be planted in each
Panchayat through self help groups of Jeevika adding Jeevika workers
would plant various varieties of saplings at their private fields.