Sunday, September 26, 2021

J&K, LG, Manoj Sinha launches “Green J&K Drive-2021” from IIT Jammu

Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha launched “Green J&K Drive-2021” from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jammu on Friday. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that the LG planted a ‘Cupressus’ sapling in the IIT Campus to mark the launch of this mega plantation drive. During this year, as many as 1.30 crore saplings are proposed to be planted across the Union Territory. The Green J&K Drive initiative is in consonance with the National Forest Policy, 1988 & JK Forest Policy, 2011 which envisage afforestation on all degraded & denuded lands in the UT within & outside forests. Speaking on the occasion, the LG observed that the ‘Green J&K Drive’ aims at creating a people’s movement at a massive scale with the involvement of all stakeholders, particularly village panchayats, women, students, Urban Local Bodies, institutions, NGOs, and civil society. He said, our aim is to bring two-third geographical area of J&K under the forest and tree cover. The forest and tree cover in Jammu and Kashmir is about 55 per cent, which is substantially higher than the national average of 24.56 per cent. He expressed satisfaction over the initiation of Green J&K campaign by Forest Department targeting to plant 130 lakh plants this year, in collaboration with schools, NGOs, Village Panchayat Plantation Committees (VPPCs) to mark the completion of 130 years of dedicated service of the department, which will contribute significantly in increasing the green cover in the UT.

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