On Friday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, to mark the 77th anniversary of Quit India movement, is launching ‘Vriksharopan Mahakumbh’ , which is a mega greenery drive aimed at planting a record 22 crore saplings in the state.
The chief minister will launch the drive by planting Harishankari, a combination of three sacred trees - peepul, pakar and banyan at Jaitikheda area in Lucknow.
CM, later in the day, will attend an event in Prayagraj, where a record 33,000 saplings will be distributed. The distribution of saplings on such a large scale in one go will lead to a new Guinness Book of Records, claimed forest minister Dara Singh Chauhan in Lucknow on Thursday. The current record of planting 30,000 saplings was created by Savitribai Phule Pune University of Maharashtra in this year’s June.
The Governor Anandiben Patel will also participate in the drive and plant saplings at the Ganga forest in Kasganj.
The minister said that to ensure proper monitoring of the growth of trees, majority of saplings planted at the village panchayat level will also be ‘geotagged’ and he also added that the state government has also appointed “tree guardians” to nurture the plants and monitor their growth.
The government is set to break its own earlier record of planting five crore saplings in 24 hours in 2016, by planting 22 crore saplings this time. The government has also prepared a micro plan for each gram panchayat to help farmers get saplings and plant them.
The government has also roped in farmers registered under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Swachh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana and beneficiaries of various other schemes in its greenery drive.