On Oct 2 Assam govt plans to plant One crore saplings

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On Oct 2 Assam govt plans to plant One crore saplings

Guwahati: The Assam government has planned to plant one crore saplings in the state on October 2 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Thursday.

Addressing the nectar plantation program launched today at Chandubi in Kamrup district, Chief Minister Sarma said that the Assam government will plant one crore saplings on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 this year.
Everyone participating in this event will get Rs. 100 as thanks for tending the sapling planted on the occasion. After three years, if the plant survives, the person will get more Rs. 200. To create a parallel economy centered on forests, the state government has taken steps to encourage plantation of commercial timber like sal, teak, etc., Sarma said.

He said that about 20 percent of the forest land in Assam is under encroachment and its negative impact is being felt by all. He said that people are destroying hills to build their houses.
“With the simultaneous increase in fossil fuel consumption, global warming has taken on an alarming proposition,” Sarma pointed out.

He appealed to the people to do their part in reducing carbon emissions to save the balance of mother earth.
Mentioning the steps taken to protect forest land in the state, the Chief Minister said that in the last two years, 61,375 bighas of land had been cleared by starting eviction drives in Lumding Reserve Forest, Pabho Reserve Forest, Burhachapori Wildlife Sanctuary, Orang National Park. has been saved. Freed from encroachment.

The Chief Minister said that the state government is working to increase the total forest area from the present 36 percent to 38 percent.
Not only in summer, concerted efforts will be made to plant more plantations, save trees and protect forests from encroachment all 365 days. He also demanded gin bhagidari for large scale plantation.

Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria, who was also present on the occasion, along with the Chief Minister released two books titled ‘Towards Natural Farming’ and ‘Rare and Endangered Plant Breeds of Assam’.

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