20 lakh saplings being planted in Kashmir this season: Div Com

SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asgar Hassan Samoon on Sunday said the government has launched a massive plantation drive across the state under which more than one crore saplings would be planted in areas facing large scale deforestation.
“The government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to rejuvenate the degraded forests across the state which envisages a massive plantation drive with the support of local people and other stakeholders under public private partnership,” the Divisional Commissioner informed during a review meeting here.
The Div Com said that the plantation drive would be a regular feature and the departments have already identified the worst affected areas. He informed that the Forest Department has developed over 150 nurseries across the state which have over one crore saplings that would be planted in the degraded areas. Besides, in Kashmir division nearly 20 lakh deodar and Kail (Kaur) saplings are being planted across all the districts, including Leh and Ladakh, he added.
Among others the meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioners of all the districts besides officials from Forest, Social Forestry, Social Conservation, Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture, and Floriculture departments.
The Div Com asked the DCs and other senior officers to collectively work to address this global environment challenge by putting an effective mechanism in place to plant more and more tress in their districts. He called upon civil society members to come out with concrete suggestions which can help in rejuvenating the environment across the state.
Stressing the need for coordinated efforts by the concerned departments for achieving the greater goal, Dr Samoon directed officials to chalk out a strategy to undertake effective awareness campaigns throughout the State to educate the masses about the hazards of environmental degradation. He also highlighted the role of the media and educational institutions in creating awareness in the society about this challenge facing the society.
—Information Department