The Madhya Pradesh government is mulling over to introduce book banks in schools across the state to save the green cover. The government has already initiated pilot project in three districts -- Indore, Datia and Narsinghpur -- to study the viability of the plan.
The state government on Monday informed the central bench of the National Green Tribunal that it had in principal decided to bring a policy to form book banks in schools. It informed the panel that after studying the result of the pilot project, the state government would examine the issue of creating similar book banks in the entire state.
Earlier, the green panel had emphasised that under Article 48 of the Indian Constitution, every state was required to come with a policy for protection, improvement and safeguarding the forest and environment. The two-member bench also noted that “with the use of books by succeeding classes a lot of paper and in turn forest could be saved.”
The bench issued the direction while hearing a petition filed by Shrikant Kate, who runs a book bank for poor children in Gwalior. The next hearing in the case will be held on March 8. Kate had argued that if book banks were created in the government schools, tonnes of paper could be saved, which ultimately meant fewer trees would be felled for making paper.
The tribunal has also directed the Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh governments to submit their plans on how they were planning create book banks in schools from the upcoming academic session.