More than 99 lakh saplings to be planted and 2.27 crore plants to be distributed by Forest Department in the current year: Forest Min

More than 99 lakh saplings to be planted and 2.27 crore plants to be distributed by Forest Department in the current year: Forest Min

Raipur: During the current financial year 2021-22, Forest and Climate Change Department will plant nearly 99.35 lakh on 187 km/13,905 hectare area in the state.

Besides, the department has also set the target of distributing 2.27 crore saplings in the current year. For the successful implementation of plantation program in the state, nearly 3.89 crore saplings of 284 species are currently available in all the 275 nurseries of the forest department.

In a virtual meeting held today, Forest and Climate Change Minister Mohammad Akbar reviewed in detail the tree plantation program from his residence office here.

In the meeting, the minister inquired about the forest circle-wise and the forest division wise preparations for tree plantation program and instructed all the Forest Divisional Officers to ensure time-bound implementation of the action plan. He also gave necessary instructions to all the DFOs for pre and post tree plantation videography so that the tree plantation work in the state could be properly assessed. He directed to complete the videography work of pits prepared before the plantation work in all the forest divisions by June 10.

He directed the officials concerned to complete the preliminary work for plantation by June 15 under all circumstances. Meanwhile, he also gave necessary instructions regarding the measures to protect the saplings planted by the roadside.

The minister also directed to ensure effective implementation of 'Chief Minister Plantation Promotion Scheme' in the state and to benefit maximum number of people, Gram Panchayats and Joint Forest Management Committees under this important scheme. It is worth mentioning that under Chief Minister's Plantation Promotion Scheme, farmers who have taken paddy crop in Kharif year 2020 will be provided incentive of Rs 10,000 per acre per year for the next 3 years, if they plant trees in their fields instead of paddy crop.

Similarly, if Gram Panchayats utilize available funds for commercial plantation, then in case of successful plantation after one year, Government will provide incentive at the rate of Rs10, 000 per acre to the concerned Gram Panchayats. This will increase the income of Panchayats in future. Besides, if Joint Forest Management Committees utilize the available funds for plantation on the revenue land on commercial basis, then like Panchayats they would also be provided incentive at the rate of 10,000 per acre after one year. The right to cut and sell trees will belong to the concerned committee.