Punjab distributing 25 lakh free Saplings this year, Says Dharamsot. The Forest Department, Punjab, is distributing 25 Lakh free saplings during the 2017-18 to the various institutions. The main motive of the move is to maintain ecological balance and to bring Government as well as other institutions under green cover.Mr. Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA Nabha & the Forest and Wildlife Preservation Minister Minister of Punjab, said,”The department would distribute the saplings under ‘Punjab Mission Scheme’ to the educational, social, religious institutions apart from military and para military forces.” He added that it would be mandatory for the concerned institutions to carefully nurture the saplings so as to fulfill the purpose of increasing greenery. The minister further said that the department has also formulated a comprehensive plan to prepare herbal garden at Hoshiarpur, Pathankot, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Bathinda and Patiala during 2017-18 besides having medicinal plants at appropriate places. He divulged that under the scheme during current year, a total of Rs. 1.25 crore would be spent.Further, the Minister added that they have asked the union Government to approve their 8 crore project concerned with agro-foresty. It aims at bringing maximun area in the state under forest cover and help the farmers. The Minister also detailed that the department has established 2 modern nurseries at Hoshiarpur and Patiala during the course of previous 3 months in order to prepare good quality saplings for plantation to increase forest cover. He also said that the department under ‘Green Punjab Mission’ has got prepared 180 lakh saplings of different types in various nurseries.
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