Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday urged citizens of the state to plant one crore trees on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti this year.
While, attending ‘Amrit Plantation Programme’ at Chandubi, Kamrup, Sarma said to extend green cover in the State and give fillip to a tree economy.
The chief minister further stated that the person who takes up the responsibility of planting the sapling will be provided with a one-time financial grant of Rs 100 as a token of gratitude.
Meanwhile, after three years the state government will again give Rs 200 if it survives, he added.
Taking to Twitter, the official account of CM official wrote, “To extend green cover in the State & give fillip to a tree economy, 1 crore saplings will be planted on Gandhi Jayanti this year. As a mark of gratitude, we’ll reward individuals with ₹100 on planting a sapling & further ₹200 if it survives for 3 years: HCM Dr @himantabiswa”
Sarma said, “As we experience soaring temperatures and scorching heat. To bring temperatures back to its optimal level we should take steps to increase our forest cover, phase away fossil fuels and free up encroached forest lands.”
Last year, CM Sarma launched the Chief Minister’s Institutional Plantation Programme at Janata Bhawan in Guwahati.