Raipur. The villagers of the tribal-forest sanctuary area have got a good source of income from the nursery developed in Chilma village under the Chief Minister's Tree Plantation Promotion Scheme. Under the guidance of Forest and Climate Change Minister Mohammad Akbar, this nursery has provided an opportunity to the people of 51 villages of the Semarsot Sanctuary area.
Chief Minister Tree Plantation Promotion Scheme has been implemented by the state government this year. The nursery developed in Chilma village here has made it easy for the residents of the sanctuary area to get plants. Due to the ban on gathering minor forest produce in the sanctuary area, the families residing there faced difficulty in taking advantage of the plant distribution scheme. With the implementation of the Chief Minister's Tree Plantation Promotion Scheme, the people of the sanctuary area are also getting benefits.
Divisional Forest Officer Balrampur, Laxman Singh, said that this unique initiative of the Forest Department is bringing happiness in the lives of the people of 51 villages of Semarsot Sanctuary. About 2 lakh saplings of different species were prepared for distribution this year in the nursery. These include fruit-bearing, medicinal, timber and minor forest produce species. Apart from this, rhizome banks of 2 lakh bamboo plants are underway in the nursery of Chilma. He said that about 100 Korwa people of adjoining villages are getting employment every day in the nursery, under development in village Chilma since last October.