Raipur. Chhattisgrh : Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has formally launched ‘Chief Minister Plantation Promotion Scheme’ for environment conservation and for increasing the income of farmers, panchayats and forest committees. He said that this important scheme of the state government would definitely change the face of villages and forests. This will not only give a new source of income to the farmers and improve their financial condition but also promote greenery in the villages. CM Baghel said that in the past, certain rules regarding felling of trees used to create practical difficulties but now these rules have been addressed and revised. Under this scheme, farmers will not need permission for the felling of trees planted in private land.
In a program organized at his residence office today, Chief Minister Baghel also performed Bhoomi Pujan of Biodiversity Park to be built over 20 acres of area in village Foonda of Durg district. He also inaugurated plantation work at village Sendri in Bilaspur, village Kohkimari, Dilmili, Karpavand in Bastar district, village Bhelekhurd in Balrampur district, Kulgaon in Kanker district, Mungimata in Mahasamund district, Lohajhari in Kawardha district and had a discussion with MPs-MLAs, Parliamentary Secretaries, members of Forest Management Committee and members of Self Help Groups and Panchayat representatives present in the program.
Chief Minister Baghel said that Chief Minister Plantation Promotion Scheme has also been linked with Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. Farmers who have taken paddy crop in Kharif year 2020, if they plant trees in their fields instead of paddy crop, they will be provided incentive at the rate of Rs 10 thousand per acre per year for the next 3 years. Farmers will not need to take permission from any department in future for felling the trees planted in their fields. Under the scheme, Forest Department has prepared to plant more than 99 lakh saplings this year and distribute 2 crore 27 lakh saplings. Public participation would guarantee success of this campaign.
Chief Minister said that under Chief Minister Plantation Promotion Scheme, if Gram Panchayats utilize funds available for commercial plantation, then in case of successful plantation after one year, incentive amount will be given to the concerned Gram Panchayats at the rate of Rs. 10,000 per acre. This will increase the income of Panchayats. Similarly, if tree plantation is done on a revenue land on commercial basis from the funds available with Joint Forest Management Committees, concerned committee will also be provided incentive at the rate of Rs 10 thousand per acre after one year. The concerned committee will have the rights reserved to cut and sell the trees.
Presiding over the program, Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar said that State Government’s Chief Minister Plantation Promotion Scheme would prove to be a revolutionary scheme in the direction of environmental conservation in Chhattisgarh. This will also encourage plantation on private land. In his address to the program, Additional Chief Secretary Subrat Sahu informed that the decade of ecological restoration is being celebrated from the year 2021 to 2030 for environmental protection. Taking concrete initiative in this direction, Chief Minister Plantation Scheme has been started by the state government. Principal Secretary, Forest Department, Manoj Pingua described Chief Minister Plantation Promotion Scheme as helpful for environment conservation and balance. In the program, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief of Forest Force Rakesh Chaturvedi informed about the action plan prepared by the Forest Department regarding the successful implementation of the Scheme.
On this occasion, MPs, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, members of Forest Management Committee from different districts also joined online. The advisors to Chief Minister Rajesh Tiwari and Vinod Verma and Secretary to Chief Minister Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi were also present at Chief Minister’s residence office.