Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and Nanhi Chhaan Foundation in association with department of education, Chandigarh, launched a week-long tree plantation drive in the city from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector10, and Rock Garden, Sector 1, on Monday.
The drive was inaugurated by KK Sharma, adviser to the administrator, UT Chandigarh, in the presence of Harpal Singh, past chairman, CII Northern Region and chairman, Nanhi Chhaan Foundation, justice SS Sodhi, former chief justice, Allahabad High Court, Nek Chand, curator, Rock Garden, Man Mohan Singh, immediate past chairman, CII Chandigarh council and CEO, Aroma group and others.
Starting on Monday, the plantation drive which aims to save girl children and protect environment will be spread across10 government schools across the city till July 15.
“This CII-Nanhi Chhaan plantation drive gains much significance because both environment and women have always been linked together
being the selfless givers to society. Like abroad, there are many women conductors, similarly, we have also planned to reserve 30% vacancies of bus conductors for women in Chandigarh.
So very soon, you will see women conductors in Chandigarh buses. This way, women will get an opportunity to become self-reliant and be more secure while travelling. We will start a six-month training course for candidates who want to work as women conductors,” said Sharma.
“There is a need to protect girls and trees as both are sources of life and the human race cannot exist in their absence. Under this initiative, we will focus on care and protection of girl child, enhancing green cover and inter-religion harmony,” said Harpal Singh.
The drive will continue till July 18 and 600 quality saplings will be planted across the city.