"The 'Ghar Ghar Hariyali' campaign commenced under 'Mission Tandarust Punjab' of the Punjab Government aims for the creation of a clean, green and robust Punjab and is evoking overwhelming response from the masses which would change the face of the state."Divulging this here today after planting saplings and their distribution at the Punjab Civil Secretariat-1 with the assistance of the Punjab Civil Secretariat Staff Association, the Forest Minister, Punjab, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said that till now a total of more than 10 lakh saplings have been provided free of cost and the trend is still continuing. He further said that Punjab is the first state of the country where the government has begun 'i-Hariyali' app and the initiative has received overwhelming response from the people especially the youth. Elaborating more, he said that more than 2.3 lakh families have been connected with the app whereas approximately more than 6 lakh saplings (Total 10 Lakh) have been provided free to the people.Exhorting the people to concentrate on the proper upkeep and the maintenance apart from distributing and procuring them, Dharamsot asked them to prioritize their distribution as well as plantation on special occasions such as birthdays or some other occasions.
He further stated that in the coming 2 days stalls would be put up at the Punjab Civil Secretariat-1 & 2 and 5000 free saplings would be distributed to the government employees.Adding more, Mr. Dharamsot said that the campaign regarding free distribution and planting of saplings commenced by the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh on 5th June is setting new benchmarks of success everyday and would be beneficial for Punjab. He expressed elation over the fact that the youth are playing a major role in the success of this campaign.The minister also said that in order to maintain the ecological balance 5 saplings must be planted on the axing of every tree because it takes a lot of time before a sapling blooms into a full blown tree. He also said that if the people of Punjab take a vow to plant more and more saplings as well as take care of their upkeep then the day is not far off when Punjab would again be clean and green.On the occasion, Chief Administrative Officer Punjab Civil Secretariat-1 Mr. N.P. Singh, Mr. Sangram Singh, DFO Mr. Guramanpreet Singh and officers of the Forest Department as well as the members of the Punjab Civil Secretariat Staff Association were also present.