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7.58 crore saplings will be planted under Green Chhattisgarh drive in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: In a meeting chaired by chief minister Dr Raman Singh here on Monday, a target was set to plant 7.58 crore saplings of different species under “Harier Chhattisgarh Abhiyan” (Green Chhattisgarh Campaign) in the state this year.

The chief minister expressed annoyance on the industries that have not completed target given last year to different industrial organisations for sapling plantation and said now they would not have the freedom to plant saplings on their own. Now, they would have to deposit the amount prescribed by the state government to the State Forest Development Corporation. Now the chief secretary himself would hold meetings every three months and review its progress, he added.

Dr Singh said that industries have the social responsibility of making the environment pollution free. The chief minister asked senior officers of Forest department to take the Green Chhattisgarh drive seriously and to ensure better care of saplings to be planted under the campaign. He said that any kind of carelessness at any level would not be tolerated.

The chief minister stressed on making the state greener for healthy environment. The objective of Harier Chhattisgarh Abhiyan should be to create job and permanent source of income for people. He declared a target to plant 20 lakh saplings during the next four years to increase the beauty of Naya Raipur and in view of environment.

Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, additional chief secretary NK Aswal, principal secretaries, secretaries of various departments and representatives of different industrial institutions attended the meeting. The chief minister reviewed the preparations made under the Harier Chhattisgarh Abhiyan by industrial organisations and government departments in the state.

Last year, 15 industrial organisations had been given target to plant saplings in 460 km long areas, but in the meeting, the forest department in a presentation said that these organisations have planted saplings in only 20-km areas. Against the target of 50 km, the Bhilai Steel Plant has planted saplings in 10 km only and Labharj Cement planted 10 km area against the target of 20 km.

Principal Secretary Housing and Environment Department N Baijendra Kumar, Principal Secretary Forest Amitabh Jain, Principal Secretary Panchayat and Rural Development Department MK Raut, secretary school education Dinesh Shrivastava, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest AK Singh and senior officers from forest and other departments were present in the meeting.