RANCHI, June 5: To mark World Environment Day, Jharkhand
Governor Droupadi Murmu today planted saplings at Raj Bhavan and appealed to
the public to do the same on auspicious occasions like weddings and birthdays.
Employees of the Raj Bhavan joined the Governor in planting saplings of various
species, a Raj Bhavan release said here.
Lauding the state government's effort in plantation works,she appealed to the
people to make it a success and plant fruit-bearing saplings.
She urged people to plant saplings on the occasions of marriages, birthdays and
other ceremonies to make them memorable.
Meanwhile, at a seminar titled 'Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable
Management of Natural Resources', Urban Development Minister C P Singh also
pitched for plantation in a big way and asked the organisations to organise
such seminars at school level.
Stating that the state government has planned for plantation of one crore
sapling, Singh said Jharkhand is endowed with abundant greenery and rules
should be implemented sternly to preserve it.
Chief Secretary Raj Bala Verma pitched for 'jan andolan' (people's movement) to
protect the environment, connecting everyone.
Under the 'Namami Gange' programme, she said plantation work would begin along
five of the 83 km-stretch along Sahibganj and Raj Mahal this fiscal.
Principal Secretary of Forest, Environment and Climate Change Sukhdeo Singh
said 950 square km forest has increased since the state's creation.
He said earlier plantations were done in forest areas while now it has also
been decided to cover non-forest areas and Rs 70 crore has been marked under
the 'Jan Van programme' for roadside and institutional plantations.