Governor Acharya Devvrat inaugurated 68th Van Mahotsav organized by State Forest Department in collaboration with State Red Cross at Sandal near Chakkar in Shimla, today. Governor alongwith Lady Governor Smt. Darshana Devi planted Deodar saplings on the occasion. Students from Government Senior Secondary School, Totu, DAV School and BSN School participated in the plantation campaign and planted more than 500 saplings on the occasion.The Governor expressed satisfaction that green cover of Himachal Pradesh was increasing fast but there was need to take steps for bringing more area under green cover. He said such campaigns go a long way in moving towards achieving this goal besides motivating others for preservation of environment. He also stressed to ensure participation of school children in such campaigns so that they can realize importance of environment in their lives.Members of Sewa Bharti, district Shimla also participated in the plantation drive.Senior Officers of Forest Department, Secretary State Red Cross Shri P.S. Rana and other also planted saplings on the occasion.