‘Van Mahotsav’ was launched with great fanfare in Medziphima at sprawling campus of 20 Assam Rifles at Ghaspani.
The tree plantation drive was launched by Commandant by planting the first sapling of orange tree in presence of Dr B Sahoo, Scientist ICAR and GBs of 28 villages and members of town council Medziphima.
The participation by students from Assam Rifles School, St Francis School and families of 20 Assam Rifles made the ceremony colourful.
On one single day 2000 fruit bearing saplings of orange, mango, guava and lemon were planted in the areas of Kukidolong, Phiphima, Zubza and Heningkungalwa. 2500 saplings each of bamboo and teak were planted as bio fence at various locations thereby planting 7000 saplings in one day.
Fruit saplings were also distributed to all GBs for planting them at their respective villages. In his speech, Commandant exhorted children and elders to come ahead and secure future not only for themselves but also for their next generations.
He highlighted the catastrophic effect of deforestation on the environment and the weather which was being experienced all over the country. He stressed that the hard work started after planting a sapling.
The children were made to take a pledge to turn respective areas into a ‘Green ZONE’. An information booklet was also distributed during the event to create awareness amongst the youth about harmful effects of deforestation as well as benefits of tree plantation.