Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur today said that three days statewide plantation campaign from 12th to 14th July, 2018 was launched in the State and more than 15 lakh saplings were planted in different parts of the State. He said that all walks of life including school children, women, senior citizen and youth comprising 80000 people actively participated in the campaign. Plantation activities were performed from the boundaries of the state in north with Jammu and Kashmir to Yamuna River in south and Kinnaur district in the east to boundaries of the state with Punjab in the west, he added.Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had inaugurated state level Van Mahotsva on 10th July from Rajgargh in Sirmaur district where he had urged and invited the entire State to participate in making Himachal green. Governor Acharya Devvrat also participated in the campaign at Nehra in Shimla District on 13th July 2018.Forest Minister himself invited all legislators of the state to take part in the campaign. He said that plantation activities are still going on and it is expected that total 17 lakh plants will be planted by the end of campaign.
He said that the campaign was undertaken in all 13 Forest Circles in the state and Forty one Forest Divisions participated in the campaign. Plantation were performed at 600 sites of the state. Chamba Forest Division with 99,281 plants was at First position followed by Ani and Rampur Forest Divisions with 81,369 and 80,059 plants respectively. More than 6 lakh deodar species were planted in besides broad leave and other conifers were also planted during the campaign.He said that the entire plantation campaign was monitored online.Govind Singh Thakur congratulated the citizens of state for this achievement. He said that in future Forest Department with the help of local community will perform such activities to make their motherland more beautiful. He thanked all the participants of the community to participate in the campaign. Principal Conservator of Forest Dr. G.S. Goraya also congratulated the employees and officers of the State Forest Department for this achievement.