LAHORE: Under the Prime Minister’s 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Programme, the Punjab government will launch the Spring Tree Plantation Campaign on Tuesday.
The authorities have set a target of planting 74 million saplings during the drive to be continued by the end of April.
Chief Secretary Punjab Kamran Ali Afzal presided over a meeting through video link to review the arrangements for the campaign, at the Civil Secretariat here on Monday.
The Chief Secretary directed the relevant departments to play their due role for making the campaign a success. He also asked the officials to ensure full participation of civil society and scouts in the plantation.
He mentioned that suitable arrangements should be in place to look after a sapling after it is planted. He also issued instructions to start a community mobilization and awareness campaign about the benefits of trees.
The forest secretary briefed the meeting that a target has been set to plant 74 million saplings in Punjab during the Spring Tree Plantation Campaign – 32.86 million in government forests, 8.78 million in defence department, 7.98 million in other departments and 24.45 million on private lands.
He said that as many as 46.5 million saplings were planted against a target of 45.4 million during the monsoon plantation drive and the success rate remained 102 percent.
The administrative secretaries of relevant departments including local government, irrigation, and education attended the meeting while divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners and directors general of PHAs participated through video link.