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'Forest cover to be increased to 15% in seven years'

punjab Updated: Aug 16, 2013 22:14 IST
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Applauding the 'Green Punjab Mission', forest and wildlife preservation minister Surjit Kumar Jayani claimed that forest cover would be increased from the present 7% to 15% in seven years, for which his department would plant 40 crore saplings.

Claiming that forest cover had increased by 100-square km area as per the Forest Survey of India, the minister added that the state forests department had identified 9,000 hectares in 9,145 villages and 3,021 hectares in institutions which could be utilisd for plantation of saplings to achieve states' goal of 15% forest cover by 2020.

"The government has earmarked Rs 70 crore as special fund for the forests department, which would be spent on planting 4.75 crore saplings during monsoon", the minister said.

He urged people to plant at least five saplings on the birth of a girl child in the family.