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Government moots green plan (Nov)

 
With the loss of trees due to Phailin estimated at more than 26 lakhs, the state Government has set an ambitious target of planting more than 12 crore saplings during 2014-15.
 
Sources said out of 12 crore trees, around 6.5 crore would be planted under different State and Central schemes and 5.5 crore distributed to farmers for plantation in their own land.
 
The State Government has created a slogan ‘each one, plant one’ to create awareness among the people about the large scale plantation. Besides, a decision has been taken to set up 16 mega nurseries in different parts of the State.
 
A permanent nursery will be set up in each block and temporary nurseries raised to supply saplings to meet the target.
 
Forest and Environment and Revenue and Disaster Management departments have been asked to complete identification of land for block plantation by March.
 
Forest department has been advised to choose plants while Forest Development Corporation has been directed to take up commercial plantation, the sources said.
 
Avenue plantation would be taken up along the side of the PMGSY roads, canal embankments and railway lines.
 
As per the plans, plantation will be taken up in 11,300 hectares under the State plan, 5557 hectares under compensatory afforestation, 24100 hectares under MGNREGS, 2500 hectares under Odisha Bamboo Development Agency in forest area (National Bamboo Mission) in both forest and non-forest area and 8910 hectares under National Afforestation Programmes.
 
Secretary to the Panchayati Raj department has been asked to aggregate the district plans of plantation under MGNREGS and make arrangements for release of funds well in advance to the Forest department.