Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday urged the people of the state to plant one crore trees on Gandhi Jayanti to increase green cover in Assam. As a reward, the government pays Rs 100 to people for every sapling they plant.
The Prime Minister underlined that it will boost a boom economy.
To expand green cover in the state and boost a tree economy, 1 crore saplings will be planted on Gandhi Jayanti this year.
— Prime Minister Assam (@CMOfficeAssam) June 8, 2023
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced ‘Mission Life’ to establish a ‘Jan Andolan’ (People’s Movement) that will be at the forefront of the global climate action narrative, the chief minister said while participating in a tree plantation program, ‘Amri Plantation’, in Chandubi in Kamrup rural district.
The plantation will lead to a 38 percent increase in forest cover by the year 2028, Sarma said.
“I sympathize with anyone experiencing the scorching heat in the state, but we must take steps to bring temperatures back to optimal levels. We will need to take steps to increase forest cover, phase out fossil fuels and clear degraded forest areas to bring temperatures back to optimum levels,” the Prime Minister said.
Speaking about the Assam Forest Regulation, 1891, the chief minister said that the regulation has now been amended, allowing people to plant commercial trees which can be used for felling.