Raipur: With an aim to encourage plantation work in Chhattisgarh, the state government is gearing up to implement “Chief Minister Plantation Promotion Scheme” from the upcoming month.
As a part of this scheme, all the citizens of Chhattisgarh state, as per the availability of private land and all the Gram Panchayats and Joint Forest Management Committees will be eligible to take the benefit of the scheme. Guidelines have been issued in this regard to all district collectors and forest officers by the forest department.
Under the this scheme, farmers who have taken paddy crop in Kharif year 2020, if they plant trees in their fields instead of paddy crop, they will be given incentive at the rate of Rs 10,000 per acre per year for the next 3 years. Similarly, if the commercial plantation will be done with the amount available with the gram panchayats, then in the event of successful plantation after one year, the concerned gram panchayats will be given incentive at the rate of Rs 10,000 per acre. This will increase the income of panchayats in future. Apart from this, if the plantation is done on revenue land on commercial basis from the amount available with the Joint Forest Management Committees, then like the Panchayat, the concerned committee will be given an incentive at the rate of Rs 10,000 per acre after completion of one year. The committee concerned will have the right to cut and sell trees.
Meanwhile, in the cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on May 18, an important decision was taken to implement "Chief Minister Tree Plantation Promotion Scheme" in Chhattisgarh. The main objective of the scheme is to encourage maximum plantation in the state. In addition, it also aims to reduce the adverse effects of climate change by improving the environment. In this, private sector, farmers, government departments and village panchayats will be encouraged for commercial plantation. Similarly, by increasing the income of farmers through plantation, their economic and social status will also improve. Besides, the scheme will also attract common citizens to do plantation on private land.