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50,000 saplings planted in one hour in Manipur

50,000 saplings planted in one hour in Manipur
State education minister, Th Radheshyam launching Mass Tree Plantation programme to mark World Environment Day on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 5 | Publish Date: 6/5/2019 12:50:16 PM IST

The planting of 50,000 tree saplings within an hour in 950 schools and 80 colleges across Manipur marked this year’s celebration of World Environment Day on Wednesday.

It was for the time in the history of Manipur that such a large number of saplings were planted, officials of the state education department, under which the tree saplings were planted, claimed.

The initiative was taken up by the forest department and All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) under the guidance of state education minister Th Radheshyam, the officials said.

The education minister planted a sapling at SK Ideal High School, Konthoujam in Imphal to launch the campaign.He said planting a tree sapling was very easy but making it survive, grow and attain its maturity was a big challenge. 

He stated that the joint initiative taken up by education department, forest department and AMWJU not only aims in planting of trees but also monitoring the survival chances of trees that are planted.

He added education department in collaboration with the forest department and AMWJU was all set to take up the big challenge of planting more than 50,000 saplings, and monitor the survival and growth of these trees.

Radheshyam explained that every sapling being planted on Wednesday has a name tag of the student, teacher and staff which indicates that these individuals are in charge of the trees planted. 

The teachers and students are the owners of the tree saplings and it is their responsibility to nurture the plants to make it survive and grow until it attains its maturity. 

He highlighted that the target to plant more than 50,000 saplings was carried out in and around the educational institutions throughout the state.

At another World Environment Day event organised by the state government, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has revealed that the state government will launch a campaign known as 'Green Manipur, Clean Manipur' with a solemn objective to protect environment and combat climate change soon. 

A cabinet decision in this regard would be taken at the earliest, he added.

Singh was speaking as the chief guest at the state level World Environment Day observation organised under the theme 'Air Pollution' by directorate of environment at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Imphal.

Under the campaign, the chief minister elaborated that the state government would encourage every village of the state, both hill and valley, to protect or develop forest land each having an area of at least five to 10 acres. 

The government would install open gym worth around Rs five lakh each at these greenery areas so that people may do physical exercise or take rest there. 

Urban and semi urban localities, which do not have such land for forest development, would be encouraged to plant trees at their Umang Lai (Sylvan Deity) complexes.

He also said that the state government would also put in effort to enact a law in consultation with Hill Areas Committee to check unnecessary and frequent shifting of habitation or village in hill areas. 

Stating that the World Environment Day observation would continue for a week in the state this year, Singh said that planting of saplings and imparting awareness on environment would go on during this week at all the educational institutions and government office complexes.

State forest and environment minister, Th Shyamkumar observed that people should have the mind-set of feeling ashamed if they do not grow trees and plants at their residential complexes. He added that water scarcity that people are facing today was the impact of deforestation. 

In order to encourage planting of saplings and impart awareness on the importance of trees, the minister said that forest and environment department would present saplings instead bouquets and gifts in all its functions in future.

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