UP to plant 5 crore saplings under Green UP- Clean UP programme

Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan has directed all District Magistrates (DM) for plantation of 5 crore plants at 6500 sites in 24 hours on a date fixed in month of July, under the ‘Green UP-Clean UP’ programme. He said that coding of plantation sites should be done according to IGRS based coding of NIC. Mr Ranjan said that full online data of plantation sites should be prepared with the cooperation of NIC to ensure effective district-wise monitoring. He has issued these directions through a circular here today. The chief secretary said that District Tree-plantation Committee, formed under the chairmanship of DM with Zonal Forest Officer as its member secretary, will implement this programme. He has also directed Chief Development Officers, ADMs, all SDMs, Tehsildars and Block Development Officers, Chief Medical Officers, District Zonal Transport Officers and District School Inspectors to discharge the duties assigned to them under the programme.

Mr Ranjan said a control room should be set up at district level by District tree-plantation committees for efficient execution of the programme, it would be run by Zonal Forest Officer. He said it would be the responsibility of Zonal Forest Officer/ Zonal Director to ensure tree-plantation on the specified date and directed not to engage these officers in other works and also spare the department vehicles for the plantation programme to run smoothly. Mr Ranjan said provision of outlay should be made in district plan as per the requirement of Forest department to achieve tree-plantation target for FY 2016-17. Aiming to set a world record, the Chief Secretary has directed to ensure sufficient availability of labourers during the two days before and after the fixed date for plantation. On the date of plantation all MGNREGA workers should be directed to join the plantation drive.

He said that sector officers would obtain the list of plantation sites from zonal forest officer and would assign various duties to officials concerned along with organising training and transport of workers. At least two impartial witnesses at each plantation site and two observers for counting the number of plants would be selected from amongst the teachers, post-graduate students and staff of local colleges and schools, members of any voluntary registered organisation, local banks and personnel of other departments. One photographer and a videographer should be deployed at each plantation site for recording the activities. Mr Ranjan has asked for proper training of all officials, personnel, witnesses, observers and photographers. He said that all training programmes should be organised between the month of May and June at block level.

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