Berhampur, June 24 (LocalWire): In an effort to increase the green cover in Ganjam, the district administration launched pila tiye-gachha tiye (one student, one tree) programme.
The programme to engage school children to drive the plantation campaign and to take care of the plants was launched on the first day of the re-opening of the schools after summer vacation on Friday.
The initiative was launched by the district collector Vijay Amrut Kulange in a function held at the Odisha Adarasha Vidyalaya in Bauricandapalli, near Khallikote.
“Under the campaigning, each school student will be provided at least one sapling for plantation near their house or any public place.
A student who is unable to identify a suitable location for plantation has been advised to plant the tree in their school premises under the supervision of the concerned authority,” the collector said.
Students are also being asked to take care of the tree and the district administration is making arrangement for an orientation programme on methods of plantation like digging pits, application of manure and bio-fertilizer and pesticides and watering, Kulange informed.
The district administration is targeting to plant over five lakh saplings by engaging the students.
“An evaluation of the campaign will be done after one year by a team of officers constituted by the district administration.
The team will visit the plantation site and assess the survival and quality of the trees planted by the students,” the collector said adding that the best plantation will be awarded through the certificate of appreciation during the Vano Mahastov.
The initiative draws inspiration from a Parimal Vidyalaya, a similar mass engagement programme where the school students were successfully involved in a cleanliness drive under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in the district.
“We hope that with the involvement of students, we will be able to help increase the green cover in the region,” said the district education officer (DEO) Sanatan Panda who has been appointed as the district nodal officer for the campaign.
The block development officer (BDO) and block education officer (BEO) have also been engaged as the supervising and nodal officer to oversee the campaign at the block level.
The saplings, mostly the fruit-bearing and shadow trees will be collected from different departments like forest, horticulture, and soil conservation by the BDO and will be distributed to the students at the school level.
The comprehensive plantation campaign assumes significance as several thousands of trees were uprooted and broken due to successive cyclones that hit the district since 2013, Berhampur divisional forest officer Ashish Kumar Behera said.