Assam CM holds meeting with DCs on mega tree plantation drive, Khel Maharan and Sanskritik Mahasangram


Cm calls DCs to encourage voluntary participation of people to turn the initiatives into mass movement

Guwahati : Chief Minister of Assam Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma held a meeting with the Deputy Commissioners to discuss the plan of action for implementation of three initiatives of the state government. These initiatives are plantation of one crore saplings across Assam, Khel Maharan and Sanskritik Mahasangram.
The Chief Minister said that under the proposed plantation initiative, this year around one crore saplings having commercial value would be planted on a single day across Assam. He said though SHG members, Anganwadi workers and helpers, ASHA workers, police including VDPs and battalions, tea gardens, educational institutions and government offices have been identified as target groups, DCs should encourage voluntary participation of people, NGOs, public and religious institutions in the drive to turn the exercise into a mass movement. He said the focus of this drive should not only be on plantation alone but more on ownership as this would boost commercial wood production and increasing green cover in the long run.
As part of the initiative, a portal has been developed for registration of people who are willing to join the drive. After plantation, geo-tagged photos will be required to upload and an incentive of Rs 100 for plantation and Rs. 200 if the tree survives will be provided. Plantation can be done on own farm land and at institutions as well. The Environment and Forest Department has already identified 175-180 stocking hubs for storage and distribution of saplings.
The Chief Minister said that “Khel Maharan” and “Sanskritik Mahasangram” will be organized from grassroot level to promote sports and cultural environment and finding out talents. Under Khel Maharan, sports competitions will be held in 5 disciplines, i.e. athletics, kabbadi, kho-kho, football and volleyball from October this year to January next. These competitions will be conducted starting from the revenue village level to gaon panchayat, further to district and finally at the state level. In case of BTC, Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, instead of gaon panchayat the competitions will be held at VCDC or MAC level.
The Chief Minister further said that the Sanskritik Mahasangram will be a unique showcase of state’s cultural talents. Under this, every revenue village will organize competitions in six categories. These are Jyoti Sangeet, Rabha Sangeet, Bhupendra Sangeet, Rabindra Sangeet, Bihu and tribal dance. The winners of these competitions in the revenue villages will compete amongst themselves at gaon panchayat and district level, which will culminate in a competition at the state level. He urged the DCs to put all out efforts to make the initiatives successful.
Environment and Forest Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Cultural Affairs Minister Bimal Bora, Sports Minister Nandita Gorlosa, Chief Secretary Paban Kumar Borthakur, DGP GP Singh, PCCF MK Yadav, Additional Chief Secretaries and senior state government officials were also present in the meeting.

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