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SRINAGAR: Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Rajiv Jasrotia, on Wednesday directed the forest officials to undertake a mega-plantation drive this monsoon season in Jammu as part of efforts to increase green cover and protect the environment from hazards of pollution.
The directions were issued by the Minister while chairing a review meeting to oversee preparations for plantation programmes to be carried out during 2018-19 by forest (territorial) and its allied wings.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Saurabh Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator Forests M M Pant, Chief Conservator Forests Kashmir Farooq Geelani, Chief Conservator Forests Jammu Sameer Bharti, Director Social Forestry A K Singh and Conservator Forests Srinagar, Chenab and West circle and Officer on Special Duty with Forest Minister N S Jamwal.
Jasrotia said that the department is planning to carry out the mega plantation drive in Jammu division this monsoon season starting in the month of July and during this period as many as 25 lakh saplings will be planted across 50 forest ranges which will be identified in the coming days.
He said, “The plantation drive will be a big affair aimed at to promote plantation of more trees to preserve and protect our environment that is facing severe problems due to the rising pollution levels.”
Director State Forest Research Institute informed the Minister that 40 lakh saplings are available in Jammu region for plantation during this monsoon season.
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