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15 lakh saplings to be distributed free of cost under 'Ghar-Ghar Haryali' scheme during 2021-22

CHANDIGARH, (Gurpreet): With a view to clean environment and increase greenery in Punjab, 15 lakh saplings would be distributed free of cost to the people of the state during the year 2021-22 under the 'Ghar-Ghar Haryali' scheme.

Disclosing this here today Punjab Forest Minister Mr. Sadhu Singh Dharmsot said that the department has set a target of distributing 15 lakh saplings free of cost during the year 2021-2022. He said that these saplings would be prepared in government nurseries. He said that the work of filling the bags and preparing the saplings was in progress.

The Forest Minister said that the Punjab government has been working tirelessly for the last four years to bring clean environment and greenery in the state. He said that during the last 10 months, 3.6 lakh saplings had been supplied to the citizens of the state through the online app 'I Hariali'.

Mr. Dharmsot said that 76.25 lakh saplings were planted in 12986 villages in connection with the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He further said that the state government had also set up 432 'Nanak Bagichis' across the state to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji. 'With these green cover campaigns Guru Sahib's message about the environment could also be turned into a ground reality', said Dharmsot.

The Forest Minister said that the state government has launched a comprehensive campaign this year on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur ji. Under this campaign so far 66 lakh saplings have been planted in 6986 villages of the state and work in remaining villages is under progress.

Mr. Dharmsot said that 2.45 crore saplings have been planted by the state government during the last four years under various schemes /campaigns. He also said that the government was not limited to planting saplings but was also working tirelessly to ensure the maintenance of the planted saplings.

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