Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that Jal Junglee and Zameen were not mere slogans for him but his government will give a greener state to the future generations.
Reviewing The functioning of the forests and environment department at the project building here ear he said that the government has accorded focus to increase the forest cover in the state as a result of which in the last 4.5 years 36310 hectares of forest land has been increased and for the first time also work on removal of the weeds has taken place which has resulted in a positive outcome.
He said that by indulging in bamboo cultivation locals can make a good income in forest area. He said that on 33.2 1% area of the state there are forest act while the trees and forest cover has increased to 26,475 square kilometres. He said that in Jharkhand people worship the tree of Karam therefore focus has been accorded to its plantation and in the entire state 60,000 Karam trees have been planted. He said from the period 2011 to 2014 plantation drive was undertaken on 20068 hectares of land while in the last 4 years plantation drive has been undertaken on 69 750 hectares of land.
He said that the government has given forest right for task to the people living in the forest areas and now it was working to provide them with roads water and other basic amenities of life and asked the officials to get a report from the DFO regarding this.
During the meeting the officials said that mukhyamantri Jan van Yojana has resulted in good outcome as the state government was first riding 75% subsidy on planting the trees and so far 1116 farmers have been benefited over which the Chief Minister directed to increase their numbers.