New Delhi, Aug 11 : Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managment Committee(DSGMC) has launched a mega plantation drive on a massive scale, during current monsoon season, for holding "Green Celebrations" to mark the 550th birth anniversary year of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji .
Under the plantation drive, one lakh trees will be planted in all historic Delhi Gurdwaras/Sikh education institution, Manjinder Singh Sirsa President Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managment Committee said here on Sunday. DSGMC in its biggest green initiative has made it mandatory for all freshers at 9 colleges in Delhi University and IP University run by it to plant 10 trees from current academic session to celebrate Guru Nanak Dev Ji's love for nature and propagate Guru Nanak Dev ji hymns which sikhs recite as a daily prayer, " Pawan Guru Paani Pita Mata Dharat Mahat" which literally means "Air is our Teacher,Water is our father and Earth is our Mother " thus encouraging sikh masses to protect our planet from threats posed by climate change and global warming.
With such a move, around 55,000 new environmental friendly species are likely to be planted this year by fresher students who got admission in 9 Delhi colleges run by DSGMC . The tree plantation drive will be treated as one of their college projects and marks obtained under the project would be added in annual result.
They will be required to undertake tree plantation in college campus, civic bodies land , around their homes, in vacant govt land and submit the report highlighting the status of the trees planted by them accompanied with photographs on an annual basis. In its latest endeavor, DSGMC has asked Sikh students to make rainwater harvesting arrangements at their houses and submit a report with photographs to the principal concerned to develop environmental activism among younger Sikh generations.
He said that Sikh masses in Delhi will be engaged in green ways to reverse environmental decline and help people reconnect with nature. The DSGMC has successfully planted around 2 lakh trees in the national capital during the last 5 years to save the capital city from pollution, deforestation and global warming in accordance to preaching of Sikh Gurus.
The DSGMC will start distributing free saplings of plants and trees mentioned in the “Gurbani” such as ‘Neem’ and ‘Ber’ along with others species, beneficial for the environment.
The free sapling of tree will be distributed from Sikh shrines mainly Gurdwara Rakab Ganj and Gurdwara Bangla Sahib which are visited by largest numbers of devotees daily.
The DSGMC will distribute around 2 lkakh saplings of fruit-bearing trees and those that absorb air pollution species of trees like mango, Amla, Jamun, Gulmohar, Neem, Ber etc will be distributed among Gurdwara devotees as Prasad to promote environmental protection and a sustainable ecosystem in national capital, Mr Sirsa said.
The DSGMC added a new dimension to the concept of sewa, a cornerstone of the Sikh faith, by involving the Sikh community in the protection of the environment, he added.
The committee organizes massive afforestation drive on Gurpurab ( Birth Anniversary of Sikh Gurus) by distributing free tree saplings and also conduct tree plantations in 29 educational institutions run by it and other places connected with Sikh religions for making the occasion memorable. DSGMC procures tree saplings from pvt nurseries , govt institutions like NDMC, MCD, DDA for its free distributions. Besides, Few Sikh philanthropists have also come forward who donates tree saplings at massive scales in Gurudwaras for its free distributions Sirsa said.
The DSGMC plans to expand the programme by increasing the network in the coming year and plans to double the tree plantation target by next five years. The committee will encourage various stakeholders like students, devotees, local people and employees in coming years at large scale to develop urban forests in national capital which will also lead to more rainfall, forest produce and also help in wildlife conservation. UNI