In perhaps one of the biggest plantation drives in the country, the Madhya Pradesh Government planted as many as six crore saplings on the banks of river Narmada in last 12 hours as part of its river conservation efforts, an India Times report said. This feat will also be recognised by Guinness World Records. As per the report, the plantation drive had begun at 7 am continued till 7 pm on Thursday on the banks of the river. The drive reportedly covered as many as 24 districts of Madhya Pradesh and about 15 lakh volunteers were involved in this cause, the report said. Taking to Instagram, state chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote, “It’s the most important day of my life. It feels like the purpose of my life has been accomplished.”
Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, the forest department and other agencies planted about 4.60 saplings across the state, a PTI report said. Around 4,61,06,563 have been planted in non-forested areas in 36 districts of the state till 6 pm yesterday, against targeted four crore trees during the drive which started on July 1, the additional principal chief conservator of forests (IT & Policy) Praveen Shrivastava told the agency. The number is expected to rise further by Friday evening.
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He said that the mission of the drive is digital forest governance to ensure credibility, transparency, and accountability. A number of mobile applications, online, offline, were put in place to keep a record of the saplings. “We are following the philosophy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, and the entire credit of this huge plantation drive goes to state forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. He further said that the aim of the state government is to plant 50 crore trees in the state in next three years.